Police Seek Driver in Fatal Valet Accident At Denver Nightclub
A hit and run accident outside a downtown Denver nightclub took the life of 21 year-old Jose Medina this past Saturday night. Police are currently seeking the driver of the GMC suspected in the accident.
Medina was working as a valet at the Rockstar Lounge at 940 Lincoln Street when he was struck by a car at around 11:50 p.m. He was holding a car door open for one of the club’s patrons at the time. Medina was reportedly working the valet job in order to raise money for a birthday gift for his finacee. Her birthday was last Monday.
The vehicle suspected is a white GMC extended-cab pickup with Colorado license plate 895-VYF and possible damage to it’s front right fender and along the passenger side. If you have any information, please contact police.
7NEWS learned the pickup is registered to a woman in Fort Morgan; however that woman said she sold the truck to a Denver man three months ago.Denver police would not comment Monday on whom investigators had spoken to or if they had any leads.
But there seems to be an additional party that deserves some blame for this tragedy. According to reports, the Rockstar Lounge had not paid for the permits required to provide valet service in the City of Denver — which opens up serious liability issues and the potential for a future civil suit against the club.
Here is the video report from Denver’s KDVR, which includes an interview with the Medina family’s accident attorney, as well as a spokesperson for the City of Denver talking about the lack of a valet operations license and what that means:
It’s important to note that hit and runs have been a widespread problem in the Denver, Colorado area. According to Lt. Robert Rock, commander of Denver’s Traffic Investigation Bureau, as reported by Tom McGhee at The Denver Post, “In the last nine months of 2010, there were 2,367 hit-and-run cases in Denver, and police solved 56 percent of them. But three of the six fatal hit-and-runs last year remain unsolved.”