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.