bicycle hit and run DenverI want to tell you about a case that we handled involving a bike accident and a car. Our client was riding his bike home from work late one night. As he was riding through the streets of Capitol Hill, he was hit from behind by a car driver, who then fled the scene. Unfortunately, it’s a case of a classic hit and run Denver driver.

By chance, there happened to be witnesses on the street. Our client was so badly hurt in the bike accident that he really had no recollection of what happened, but the witnesses discovered that the license plate had actually fallen off the car that did the hit and run!

This hit and run Denver driver had hit the bicyclist so hard that his license plate came off.

This negligent driver fled the scene and the police were called to do an investigation. You’d think this would be a slam-dunk investigation with the criminal’s license plate left at the scene, right? However, based on the license plate, the police checked several different address locations, but were unable to locate the defendant driver. So, it became a classic hit and run Denver case.

The bicyclist came to The O’Sullivan Law Firm and asked us to help him find the hit and run Denver driver so that he could get his medical expenses reimbursed from the bike accident. This poor guy was facing tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills for a serious leg injury and other injuries to his body. Not only was he worried about continuing the care that he needed to heal, but he was already facing bills he couldn’t pay. This accident, which occurred through no fault of his own, was ruining his life.

Of course, we wanted to help him. The first thing we did was to contact the police including the detectives who were continuing to investigate the hit and run. We sought some basic information about who they thought the defendant was. We learned that the suspect “lived off the grid,” so to speak. He gave fake addresses for his driver’s license and other addresses.

This guy had worked really hard to create a hidden life and, to my intense frustration, it was paying off for him. He hit an innocent biker, causing major physical harm, and sped off to continue his secret life as though nothing had happened. How could he live with himself?

The police were hitting wall after wall in the case and, ultimately, put the case on the back-burner.

The police were hitting wall after wall in the case and, ultimately, put the case on the back-burner. No judgment against the police here, but I was not about to let this bicyclist suffer without digging a little more myself into the bike accident.

Up to this point, no one had been able to locate the car that hit my client. Police couldn’t find it on the streets, anywhere. So, The O’Sullivan Law Firm hired a couple of private investigators and asked them to find out as much as possible about the driver: where he last worked, what his last known address was, etc. Not surprisingly, most of those addresses were bogus. In fact, one of them led us to a vacant lot.

After a year of searching, the police found the car that caused the bike accident. The driver had ditched it in a parking garage, not far from the accident, and it had been there the entire time! And it still had my client’s blood on it.

After two solid years of investigating, even with the found car, we were starting to lose hope. We had hired different private investigators over the months, yet still came up empty-handed. At one point, we thought we found him working in a restaurant in Denver, but by the time we were able to investigate this further, he had already quit.

Finally, we hired a new private investigator to help us, and it paid off. Thanks to this investigator’s own contacts and boots-on-the-ground hard work, we located the driver! He was working at a restaurant in Englewood. We immediately contacted the police. Additionally, we were finally able to file legal papers and a complaint against the driver so that we could bring him to court. Most shocking to me: we discovered that this hit and run driver actually had auto insurance on his car at the time of the accident!

We were able to secure full compensation for our client, and we also helped to assure that the hit and run Denver driver was prosecuted through the criminal system, as well.

There were so many times over the course of this case that we could have given up and told our client that he would never receive justice, but, honestly, I personally couldn’t stand that a hit and run driver was out there living his life like nothing happened that night.

If you need an attorney who will work this hard for you, then please call The O’Sullivan Law Firm today.

Medina Alert Program

Did you know that Colorado has an alert system for hit and run accidents? It works similarly to the AMBER Alert system for missing people. The hit and run system is called the Medina Alert Program and it was signed into Colorado law on March 25, 2014.

The program is named after Jose Medina, a 21-year-old valet driver who was killed by a hit and run driver in 2011. A taxi driver witnessed the event, followed the driver and provided the license plate number to police, which led to the capture and arrest of the suspect. That driver was sentenced to the maximum penalty of 12 years for a hit and run resulting in death.

If you witness a hit and run, call the police immediately. The Medina Alert program sends notifications to patrol officers, cab drivers and truck drivers to be on the lookout for a hit and run vehicle.