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December 10, 2013
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Avon hit-and-run victim will live

AVON — Despite suffering life-threatening injuries, the local man who was victim of a hit and run will pull through, Police Chief Bob Ticer said Tuesday.

Ticer and the Avon Police Department are now seeking your assistance in finding the driver and/or the vehicle that struck Eagle-Vail resident Alfonso Palma Hernandez as he was walking eastbound on U.S. Highway 6 just east of Avon Road between 2 and 2:25 a.m. Monday morning.

“At that speed you’re gonna see some pretty significant damage to a grill area, perhaps a bumper or maybe even a hood or windshield, so we’re asking anybody that sees something like that to give us a call so we can continue the investigation to find out who ran this guy over,” Ticer said Tuesday. “A lot of times, a person sees something or somebody hears something and that’s all we need to get on the right track.”

Hernandez, 30, was found by another motorist after he was struck.

“We are still trying to figure out if the vehicle hit him from the front or behind,” Ticer said. “It happened so quick, to him it’s unsure at this point. ... He’ll pull through on this — how his results will end up looking is another thing. But we’ve been talking to the gentleman, so that’s a good sign.”

No video from the crime scene has turned up yet, but the Avon Police Department is looking at businesses and high-traffic areas in the vicinity.

“If people suspect a person or a vehicle coming in and out of an area that may be involved in this, let us know and we can take a look at that video,” Ticer said. “We’ve been canvasing areas, talking to businesses and putting as much word out there as we can. ... The problem is there wasn’t a lot of evidence out on the road. It was just a big sheet of ice out there so we didn’t have any skid marks or anything to work on.”

If you think you may have any information about the suspect or this crime, you may contact the Avon Police Department at 970-749-4040.

“It would benefit this person to come see us before we have to come track them down,” Ticer said. “The best thing would be for this person to come forward and speak with the detectives on this, work with the district attorneys and help determine the outcomes. ... It would be in their best interest.”

“It would benefit this person to come see us before we have to come track them down. The best thing would be for this person to come forward and speak with the detectives on this, work with the district attorneys and help determine the outcomes.”
Bob Ticer
Avon Police chief


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