On March 25, 2014, Governor John Hickenlooper signed HB14-1191, which created the Medina Alert Program. The program went into effect on 30 December, 2014.
In 2011 a hit-and-run driver killed 21-year-old valet driver Jose Medina. A taxi driver witnessed the event, followed the driver and provided the license plate number to police which led to the capture and arrest of the suspect who was sentenced to the maximum penalty of 12 years for a hit-and-run resulting in death.
The criteria are as follows:
Verify that the information being reported meets the definition of "Hit and Run" and "Serious Bodily Injury" as defined in this rule;
- "Hit And Run" - means an incident when the driver of a motor vehicle involved in an accident fails to stop at the scene of the accident as required by section 42-4-1601, C.R.S
- "Serious Bodily Injury" – injury that involves, either at the time of the actual injury or at a later time, a substantial risk of death, a substantial risk of serious permanent disfigurement, or a substantial risk of protracted loss or impairment of the function of any part or organ of the body, or breaks, fractures, or burns of the second or third degree. (42-4-1601 (4) (b))
Law enforcement has sufficient additional information concerning the suspect or the suspect’s vehicle, including but not limited to;
- A complete license plate number of the suspect’s vehicle and the make, style, and color of the suspect's vehicle;
- A partial license plate number and the Make, Style, and Color of the suspect’s vehicle;
- The identity of the Suspect