CSP closes investigation on hit-and-run at Chatfield High

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By Deborah Swearingen

Unless it receives new information, Colorado State Patrol has closed its investigation into a Jan. 11 hit-and-run accident involving a Chatfield Senior High School student.

Lorenzo Pranchke, 15, was seriously injured while crossing at a crosswalk near the intersection of West Chatfield Avenue and West Ken Caryl Avenue close to the South Jeffco high school. Witnesses told CSP they saw a blue or gray Toyota Prius hit Pranchke and drive off.

The 15-year-old was transported to Littleton Adventist Hospital with serious injuries. He was released after more than a week of care and will face significant rehabilitation efforts, according to information on a GoFundMe set up to raise money for Pranchke’s care. The fund, which was created Jan. 19, is less than $1,000 away from its $5,000 goal.

Although the case can be reopened if CSP receives new information, investigators are not working any leads.

“It looks like they’ve investigated a good half a dozen people that have called in vehicles with damage,” CSP Trooper Gary Cutler said.

“It will be closed where it can be reopened,” he said. “ … They get to a point where they’re not getting anywhere. It just goes unsolved at that point.”

The investigation is led by the Colorado State Patrol, although the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office continues to work with the agency and is aware of what to look for while patrolling in the community.

Those with information or who spot a vehicle fitting the description with heavy front-end damage are asked to call CSP dispatch at *CSP (277) or 303-239-4501. Reference case number #1A180130.

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To donate to the Pranchke family, visit www.gofundme.com/funding-for-lorenzo-pranchke.