Denver’s “Medina Alert” Creator Takes Program to More Communities
Aurora, Colorado, and the Colorado State Patrol have expressed interest in having a “Medina Alert” program that sends messages to the public to be on the lookout for vehicles involved in serious hit-and-run crashes, as Jeremy P. Meyer reports for The Denver Post.
Larry L. Stevenson, who created the Medina Alert in Denver after Jose Medina was killed in a hit-and-run accident, has been approaching communities around metropolitan Denver with the program and hopes to take the idea nationwide, Meyer writes. Meyer goes on to say:
Two years ago, the 21-year-old Medina was on the first day of his job as a valet, parking cars outside a Denver nightclub [the Rockstar Lounge], when he was struck and killed by a sport utility vehicle that sped away.
That night, a taxi driver who saw the incident followed the fleeing vehicle, wrote down the license-plate number and helped provide authorities with enough information that everyone involved was eventually arrested.
The Medina Alert, created two years later, is modeled after the Amber Alert, Meyer notes. The Amber Alert is a national system that seeks the public’s help in finding missing children, as Associated Press writes in an article appearing on TheDenverChannel.com.
With the Medina Alert, a notification is sent to all patrol cars, cab drivers, news media, truck drivers and pedicab operators. In addition, a message is displayed on traffic reader boards, and on Crime Stoppers’ Twitter and Facebook pages, Meyer writes.
Larry Stevenson, creator of the alert, is the founder and chairman of National Agenda, whose goal is to empower all children with the opportunity to become leaders in the future. He is a public speaker and the author of From the Inside Out: A Look Into Teen Violence and Rebellion. When Stevenson was a Denver police officer, he was called on to guard President Clinton and Pope John Paul II.
You can see a 7NewsDenver video about the first Denver Medina Alert in 2012 here: