Arapahoe Sheriff’s deputies arrest delivery driver on suspicion of vehicular homicide

Heather Willard

Heather Willard / NewsBreak Denver / Dec. 30, 2022

(Arapahoe County, Colo.) A 31-year-old man is awaiting his day in court after the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office arrested him on suspicion of vehicular homicide.

According to the agency, Erick Mejia was arrested around 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 29 by Fountain Police Department officers for a death reported on Dec. 28. According to the Arapahoe Sheriff’s Office, he was driving a semi-truck south on I-25.

The Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office said investigators were called to 1 Digicomm Drive, an unincorporated area of Arapahoe County, for a welfare check at approximately 11:30 a.m. on Dec. 28. They found a 55-year-old man lying next to a white passenger van and began CPR.

The agency reported that members of the South Metro Fire Rescue arrived and took over the life-saving efforts. However, the victim was pronounced dead at the scene. NewsBreak requested the victim’s ID from the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office, but no immediate response was given.

Investigators allege that Mejia was driving a white semi-truck to make deliveries in the area, including to the Digicomm building. The victim’s van was parked next to the semi-truck, and investigators allege that when Mejia drove the truck forward, he struck the victim and his van.

Mejia then completed his delivery and left the area, according to Arapahoe County sheriff’s deputies.

Deputies tracked the semi-truck going southbound on I-25 headed towards El Paso, Texas. Fountain police officers detained Mejia south of Colorado Springs. He was taken to the Fountain Police Department for questioning and then arrested by Arapahoe County Sheriff Investigators.

Mejia is currently being held at the Arapahoe County Detention Facility on a $100,000 bond. He is charged with felony vehicular homicide and is scheduled to next appear in court on Jan. 3 for a return filing of charges.

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