Derrick Lawrence Fransua, 21, of Denver, has been charged in the death of 15-year-old Gerard Julien.
On Aug. 12 Fransua was in Jefferson County District Court, where he was charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving death’ vehicular homicide, tampering with physical evidence, speed contest, reckless driving, failure to obey traffic control device and false reporting to authorities.
Fransua is being held on $10,000 cash bond. His next court appearance will be for his preliminary hearing on Sept. 12.
On July 20, the Colorado State Patrol responded to a call in the area of South Kipling and West Asbury to investigate a hit-and-run crash involving life-threatening injuries to a teenager.
That teenager, Julien, died from his injuries.
According to court records, Fransua was driving a PT Cruiser in what appeared to be a speed contest when he hit Julien, who was crossing the crosswalk, and then drove away.
According to information provided by the office of District Attorney Peter Weir, Fransua returned to his parents’ home in Denver. He allegedly told his parents, and later investigators, that he had hit a deer.