Roadside hit-and-run alerts become law in Colorado

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 25, 2014 at 4:30 pm •  Published: March 25, 2014
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DENVER (AP) — Colorado will be the first state to issue statewide roadside and broadcast alerts for hit-and-run crashes under a bill signed into law Tuesday.

The law creates an Amber Alert-style notification system when authorities are looking for vehicles involved in serious hit-and-run crashes. The system includes quickly alerting the media and issuing bulletins on electronic highway signs that describe the fleeing vehicles. It will be implemented next year.

"It allows us to push back against hit and run," Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper said. "And I think people feel that they get away with this, and as we do a better job of apprehending them, that will change."

The notifications will be called "Medina Alerts," after 21-year-old valet worker Jose Medina, who was killed by a hit-and-run driver in Denver three years ago. When Medina was struck by a car, a Metro Taxi driver followed the vehicle, wrote down its license plate number and helped authorities locate the driver.

Medina's mother, Linda, wiped away tears during Tuesday's signing ceremony as she stood next to Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, who put his arm around her to comfort her.

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