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Man arrested after hit-and-run left another man dead

Erik Bryant Alvarenga, 24, is being held at the Adams County Detention Facility.
Credit: Westminster PD
Erik Bryant Alvarenga

WESTMINSTER, Colo. — The Westminster Police Department (WPD) on Wednesday arrested a man they say was involved in Tuesday night's hit-and-run crash that left another man dead. 

Erik Bryant Alvarenga, 24, was arrested after someone led officers to a car they recognized on WPD's Facebook page. Based on damage to that car, detectives believed it was the vehicle involved in the crash, WPD said. Detectives were able to contact the registered owner of the car, Alvarenga, and took him into custody.

At about 8:20 p.m. Tuesday, WPD responded to the area of West 70th Avenue and Federal Boulevard, according to city spokeswoman, Cheri Spottke.

A man was walking west on West 70th Avenue when he was struck by a car traveling southbound on Federal Boulevard, Spottke said.

Alvarenga is being held at the Adams County Detention Facility on the below charges:

  • Hit and run                                                              
  • Vehicular homicide – reckless                                 
  • Failed to remain at the scene of an accident  

WPD said they believe speed was a factor. 

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