Man charged with murder in Westminster hit-and-run

DENVER (KDVR) — The 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office filed a first-degree murder charge against a 40-year-old man in connection to a deadly Westminster hit-and-run.

On Thursday, August Romero was charged with:

  • First-degree murder

  • Attempted first-degree murder

  • Leaving the scene of an accident involving death

  • Leaving the scene of an accident involving injury

The charges stem from a hit-and-run crash on March 30 in the area of Alcott Street and Zuni Street.

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Westminster police said the situation began with a disturbance between the victim and the suspect. The suspect then intentionally struck the victim with his vehicle.

The victim’s family identified him as 52-year-old Robby Valanzuela of Denver.

“I got a phone call that said my husband was in an accident up the street. And he was literally up the street and I got there before the police and everything, and I see my husband’s body laying lifeless, and it hurts,” Valanzuela’s wife, Yvette, said. “It hurts. It’s something you never expect to happen.”

Yvette confirmed that they were at a gathering in the area in preparation for an Easter celebration.

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Romero was arrested a day later on March 31.

Second suspect arrested

Following Romero’s arrest, Westminster police said they were still looking for a Dodge Ram pickup truck that was allegedly used in the crash.

On April 2, investigators said the registered owner of the Dodge Ram was found, and a second suspect was arrested.

Police have not yet identified the second suspect and if they face any charges in this case.

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