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Suspect identified in hit-and-run that killed woman on sidewalk

An arrest warrant has been issued for 54-year-old Elias Francisco Flores related to the deadly crash Monday on West Mississippi Avenue.

DENVER — Police on Wednesday identified a man they said is responsible for a hit-and-run crash in Denver earlier this week that killed a 49-year-old woman who was walking on the sidewalk.

An arrest warrant has been issued for 54-year-old Elias Francisco Flores for vehicular homicide and felony hit-and-run, according to the Denver Police Department (DPD).

The woman was struck around 7:52 p.m. Monday night in the 1800 block of West Mississippi Avenue, which is west of Interstate 25 near the Athmar Park neighborhood.

Just prior to that, a man identified as Flores was involved in a non-injury crash in a parking lot in the 1000 block of South Raritan Street, according to DPD. Flores was driving a 2014 White Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck with Colorado license plate ABS-X81, police said.

He sped away from that crash scene and lost control of his truck while turning westbound onto West Mississippi Avenue, and struck the 49-year-old  woman who was on the north sidewalk at a bus stop, police said.

The victim was taken to the hospital where she later died.

 If you see Flores or the involved white Dodge pickup truck, please contact Crime Stoppers immediately.

The vehicle was last seen in the area of South Santa Fe Drive and C-470 around 8:30 p.m. Monday night.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867 or by visiting metrodenvercrimestoppers.com. Tipsters can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000. 

Metro Denver Crime Stoppers works by assigning a code to people who anonymously submit a tip. Information is shared with law enforcement, and Crime Stoppers are notified at the conclusion of the investigation. 

From there, an awards committee reviews the information provided and, if the information leads to an arrest, the tipster will be notified. Rewards can be collected using the code numbers received when the tip was originally submitted. 

> More information about Metro Denver Crime Stoppers can be found here

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