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Monica Zapata, 40, killed and Jessica Zapata, 15, injured in collision with alleged hit-and-run driver Jose Sandoval Cruz, 24, at West 80th Avenue and Sheridan Boulevard in Arvada, Colorado

Modified Date: 
Fri, 04/21/2017 - 3:16pm
Accident Date: 
Sunday, February 14, 2016

1 killed, 2 injured in Arvada crash

The Malibu was sent over a curb and into a parking lot on the southwest side of the intersection -- about 60 yards from where the crash happened. The 40-year-old woman driving the Malibu was killed instantly. Her 15-year-old daughter was taken to the hospital. The extent of the daughter's injuries are not known at this time. 

Police Believe Alcohol A Factor In Crash That Killed Mother, Injured Teen Daughter

Police can’t say what charges Cruz may face at this point but said there were six witnesses that saw the crash and are helping them in the investigation. It’s the third fatal crash at that intersection in the last three years.

Friends build memorial for mother killed in crash that injured teen daughter

Friends gathered at the intersection Monday night to build a memorial for the mother of three. Zapata was two months from graduating beauty school, a dream she always wanted to pursue.

Drunk Driver Convicted In Deadly Hit & Run Crash

Cruz and another man ran from the scene but Westminster police arrested them a short time later.

Cruz will be sentenced in April.

Man sentenced for running red light, killing woman

Friday, he was sentenced to 16 years in prison. He received 12 years for vehicular homicide and four years for leaving the scene of an accident with a death.

Type: Car Accident
Hit and Run
People Involved: 
Jose Sandoval Cruz
Monica Zapata
Jessica Zapata
Arvada, CO
Denver, CO


Just watched ID channel and am very sad for both sisters losing their lives in tragedy. It sickens me that after 2002 the murder of Gwen hit so close to home to come to 2008 and same thing happened to Angie is just wrong. Hate crime should have been established 2002 after Gwen.

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