Boulder driver accused of hit-and-run crash that injured cyclists

A Boulder driver was arrested on Friday after reportedly hitting a bicycle and the cart it was towing before leaving the scene.

Aaron Matthew Denham, 36, has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving injury, careless driving resulting in injury, failure to yield to a pedestrian and driving under restraint.

The driving under restraint charge is a misdemeanor, while the other three charges are traffic counts.

According to an arrest report, police were called to the intersection of 30th Street and Canyon Boulevard on a report of a crash. A man said he was riding his bicycle and towing a cart with a person in it north on 30th Street when he crossed Canyon Boulevard in the crosswalk and was hit by a vehicle.

Both people were thrown from the bicycle and the cart, but suffered only minor injuries, according to the arrest report.

A description of the vehicle was aired, and police pulled over a car matching the description at Canyon Boulevard and 22nd Street.

The driver of the car, later identified as Denham, said he was going south on 30th Street when he tried to make a left on a green light and hit the bicycle‘s cart.

Denham said that the bicycle “was going way faster than the traffic.” When asked why he didn‘t stay on scene, Denham said the bicyclist began “taking off his jacket and coming after me.”

Police noted fresh damage to the front bumper on the driver‘s side of Denham‘s car.

An officer also noted an odor of marijuana coming from the car and found marijuana in the car, but said in the report that Denham passed a roadside test and did not appear to be impaired.

Denham was booked into the Boulder County Jail but has since been released on a personal recognizance bond. He is due for a hearing on July 2.

Denham does have one prior traffic offense in Colorado, a charge for unlawful display of license plates out of Elbert County this year, according to court records.