DENVER - Police across the metro area wish they had a proverbial magic bullet to stop the deadly hit-and-runs. Denver's already had five this year. In 2013, there were five total.
This was a busy weekend for the Denver Police Department. The city had three hit-and-runs Sunday.
Since January first of this year, 17 people died in car-related crashes in Denver.
The fifth hit-and-run victim died early Sunday morning off Interstate 25, near the Auraria campus exit.
"At I-25 at 2 o'clock in the morning, you don't expect to come across a pedestrian come tell us what happened," said Sgt. Mike Farr, day shift unit supervisor for Denver Police Enforcement Unit.
Very little evidence was left at the scene. Leaving police to hope someone will come forward to help with the investigation.
"This may be one of those cases where somebody speaks to another person, speaks in an unguarded moment or relays some information to another person, they may be able to provide a lead in this case," Farr said.
Farr said a 24-year-old man with family in Vermont died on the highway. According to police, one car ran him over and left the scene, a second car hurt him as well. But the second driver stayed on the scene to help.
"Part of our investigation is to determine how did the victim end up on the highway and then additional to that, [to the] person who struck them why didn't you stop, why didn't you stay?" Farr said.
Police are asking the same question in two other hit-and-runs that happened on Sunday.
One at King Sooper's off Florida Avenue and Sheridan Boulevard at 4 p.m. in the afternoon.
A woman was injured coming out of the store. Police are looking for a champagne-colored Chevy Blazer with temporary license plates. The car might have front end damage.
Another hit-and-run off Federal Boulevard and Mexico Avenue happened after 8 p.m. Sunday night.
Police say a Chevy pick-up, primer gray color with tinted windows rear-ended another car.
The Chevy will have a fresh front end right corner damage.
If you have any information, please call Denver Police or Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP.
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