Second Judical District
201 W, Colfax Ave, Dept. 801
Denver, CO 80202
May 4, 2018 Contact: Ken Lane, 720-913-9025
NEWS RELEASE –
May 4, 2018
Contact: Ken Lane, 720-913-9025
MAN CHARGED IN HIT AND RUN DEATH OF MOTORCYCLIST
Denver District Attorney Beth McCann has formally charged a man in connection with the death of a motorcyclist last weekend.
Jonathan Ortiz (dob: 02-23-1979) is charged with one count of vehicular homicide-DUI (F3), one count of leaving the scene of an accident-death (F3), and one count of vehicular homicide-reckless (F4). Charges were filed yesterday.
Just after midnight on April 28, 2018, Ortiz allegedly hit a motorcyclist at I-25 and the I-70 northbound ramp, then ditched his truck nearby before he was arrested. Upon contact, the police officer noticed the defendant exhibited signs of impairment, including loud speech that made no sense, a chemical odor to his breath, and bloodshot eyes. Ortiz allegedly admitted to smoking crystal meth before the crash. The 53-year-old victim did not survive.
The defendant is scheduled to appear on May 7 at 8:30 a.m. in courtroom 2300 for 2nd advisement.
|The filing of a criminal charge is merely a formal accusation that an individual(s) committed a crime(s) under Colorado laws. A defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. See Colo. RPC 3.6