Lakewood Police seek hit and run driver; victim severely injured

LAKEWOOD – Police are seeking a hit and run driver who left a 45-year-old pedestrian in the street injured and unable to escape being hit by a second car in the eastbound lanes of West Colfax Avenue late Saturday.

The driver of the second car was stopped and arrested by police a short distance from the scene of the accident at the intersection of West Colfax and Kendall Street.

Investigators said the victim, whose identity is being withheld until his family can be notified, sustained potentially life-threatening injuries. He was taken to St. Anthony Central Hospital for treatment.

Lakewood Police investigators said the victim was crossing Colfax heading south about 10:55 p.m. Saturday when the first vehicle hit him and kept going east on Colfax. That vehicle is described as a silver-color, recent model sedan. After the first vehicle struck the victim, police said, a car they believe was driven by Martin Parras, 44, also struck the victim, then continued a short distance eastbound on Colfax.

After his arrest, Parras was booked into the Jefferson County Jail on suspicion of vehicular assault and driving under the influence. He no longer was in jail Monday morning, according to jail records.

Lakewood Police urge anyone who witnessed the accident or anyone with information about the accident or the other driver and vehicle to contact investigators at 303-987-7111.

Cultural Center adds second Chinese dance performace

SUBMITTED BY: Rhetta Shead, Marketing & Promotions Supervisor, Lakewood Cultural Center

LAKEWOOD – The Lakewood Cultural Center announces the addition of second performance by one of China’s premier dancers, Yu Wei, on Saturday, Jan. 22 at 7:30 p.m. for Yu Wei: Chinese Dance Collection, a visually stunning multimedia performance of Chinese culture and history shown through rich cinematography and dance.

Limited tickets also are available for the 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 23, performance. All tickets are $18 for adults and are available by calling 303-987-7845, online at www.Lakewood.org/CulturalCenter or at the Cultural Center Box Office, 470 S. Allison Parkway (near Wadsworth Boulevard and West Alameda Avenue). Senior, student, child and group discounts are available and there will be ample, free on-site parking.

With a cultural richness and unique style, Yu Wei’s dance art is inspired both by nature and the human condition. The program features music from China and the world, original costumes and hairdressings and short films shown between the dances that depict the culture and artistic background of both dance and dancer.

Yu Wei’s captivating dance visions have been holding American audiences spellbound for over a decade. She has been praised for being a “special artist and a gifted, sensitive dancer” and “a brilliant dance star.” Loved by audiences everywhere, Yu Wei has performed throughout the United States including New York’s Manhattan Center and the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.

As a little girl, Yu Wei was selected by the Wuhan Song and Dance Theater Academy to study a broad curriculum of dance based on Chinese classical, traditional and folk dance and ballet. After graduating, she joined the Wuhan Company and soon became its principal dancer.

After relocating to Beijing, Yu Wei began her long collaboration with nationally renowned dance master Zhang Ke. She was the lead dancer of the National Ballets Lijiang River Sentiment and Yao Shan Flame. Her Chinese Dance Collection has been performed in all of China’s major cities and broadcast on National Century Television.

Performed in America since 2000, the Yu Wei Dance Collection has been selected for the rosters of Philadelphia’s Musicopia and the Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour (PennPAT).

The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Anette John-Hall wrote: “Such a beautiful dancer. There are strains of ballet, folk and modern dance throughout her program – she is adept at them all. With her disproportionately long hands that flutter like a bird, Yu Wei’s dancing is all fluidity and grace.”

After viewing her performance at the 2004 Philadelphia Fringe Festival, dance critic Merilyn Jackson of the Philadelphia Inquirer wrote: “Yu Wei took everyone’s breath away with her dance Lotus – Burst of Pure Dream. Lying on her back with her head to the audience, she depicted how a lotus unfolds. It was pure beauty.”

The Lakewood Cultural Center 2010-2011 Performing Arts Season is generously supported by the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD), with appreciation to the citizens of the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District, Aura Spa and Wellness Center at the Sheraton Denver West and The Denver Post.