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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
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 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 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.
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.
Topics:Hit and Run
Jose Sandoval Cruz
County:Jefferson County, CO