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Hit and run driver arrested in Golden

Investigators believe suspect deliberately ran into 8 people in parking lot
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Posted at 7:04 PM, Oct 09, 2022
and last updated 2022-10-09 21:04:30-04

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colorado — Investigators believe a driver deliberately ran into people outside a bar killing one man and injuring seven others. It happened at 1:45 a.m. Sunday at the Rock Rest Lodge on Mount Vernon Road in Golden.

Deputies with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office reported the two suspects were involved in a fight with the victims outside of the bar. Employees separated the two groups, but that's when they say one man drove a pickup into the other group striking 8 people including employees. That driver then fled the scene.

One man was unconscious when deputies arrived and later died at the scene. Four other men were taken to the hospital with serious injuries. Three other victims suffered minor injuries and remained at the scene to be interviewed by deputies and investigators.

Deputies later located the suspect's Chevy Silverado, and with assistance from the Colorado State Patrol, arrested the driver. Ruben Marquez, 29, is being held in jail on charges of First-Degree Murder, First-Degree Assault, and Second-Degree Assault.

The passenger, 25-year-old Ernesto DeJesus Avila, was also arrested on charges of Accessory to First-Degree Murder, Accessory to First-Degree Assault, and Accessory to Second-Degree Assault.

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