Suspect in deadly hit-and-run turns himself in to police

DENVER — The suspect involved in a deadly hit-and-run that killed a woman on South Parker Road Thursday night turned himself in to police Saturday.

Jim Artis Tillmon, 30, turned himself in to Denver Police headquarters at 1:15 p.m. Saturday, according to a spokesperson with DPD.

Tillmon is being held for investigation of vehicular homicide and felony hit and run.

The suspect is believed to be the driver of a 2002 Buick SUV that hit and killed Zewde Ali, 61, around 6:10 p.m. Thursday night

Police said at the time that there was heavy traffic on S. Parker near E. Mississippi Avenue and that the driver was weaving around traffic and was in the turn lane when he hit Zewde.

“This individual struck this female victim there at the scene, failed to stop, failed to render aid, that’s illegal,” said Denver police spokesman John White. “That’s the worst thing you can do if you’re involved in a hit-and-run accident.”

The SUV was found shortly after midnight Friday at an apartment complex near the scene of the crash. Police say the owner of the SUV has been cooperating with police and was not the driver.