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Posted on: November 2, 2020

Sentencing in Hit and Run of 10-year-old Walking Home from School

Jose Morales Reyes

Jose Morales-Reyes, DOB: 8/5/69, was sentenced on October 30, 2020 by District Court Judge Laura Tighe to eight years probation and two years jail work release for running over a 10-year-old child as she was walking home from school in Arvada. The District Attorney’s Office asked for a prison sentence.

Following a week of trial in July, the jury found Morales-Reyes guilty of Leaving the Scene with Serious Bodily injury (SBI) (F4); Vehicular Assault Reckless- SBI (F5); Driving While Ability Impaired (M); and Reckless Driving (T2). 

On November 8, 2019 the little girl was walking home from school with her six-year-old sister. They were walking on the sidewalk at 58th and Carr in Arvada when Morales-Reyes drove up over the curb and crashed into the 10-year-old. 

The little girl suffered two broken legs, a broken arm, a concussion, a laceration on her stomach, and a grade 4 liver laceration. The six-year-old was not injured. 

 “We are very disappointed in this sentence,” said District Attorney Pete Weir, “This little girl suffered very serious injuries at the hands of Morales-Reyes. Her family deserves a sentence that more justly reflects the impact this has had on their child and family.”

He could have potentially been sentenced to up to nine years in prison.


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