Reid Huffman, 19, of North Carolina was killed last Saturday trying to cross south Federal Street and Amherst when he was hit by two different vehicles. South Federal Boulevard is a busy street where many pedestrians attempt to dodge the traffic to cross the street. Huffman, an Americorps employee, was a young man committed to serving and making a difference in other peoples’ lives. The Americorps campus is less than a block away from where Huffman was hit. The first person who hit Reid stopped, the second driver did not. The second driver was pursued by a police helicopter, and was arrested a few blocks from the accident It is possible that the first driver will not face charges in the fatality as she stopped. The second driver, Eliu Jimenez, 18, appeared in court on Monday and bond was posted at $50,000. Police believe that Jimenez was drunk when he hit Huffman.
Friends remember Huffman as a kind, loving young man with an innate ability to get people to smile. His family released a statement, “Reid has always had a servant heart. He was always putting others before himself. His desire to be a part of Americorps was to help people to make a difference in their lives. He was a kind, loving and giving young man and loved dearly by his family. We are all devastated by his death, but know in our hearts he now lives in heaven with his savior Jesus. We want to thank everyone for your kind words and prayers.”
This tragedy appears to be part of a disturbing trend of increasing pedestrian – vehicle accidents in Denver. The six block area where Reid Huffman was has no crosswalks and has been the scene of seven hit and run accidents since 2011, according to 9news.
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