DPD investigating hit-and-run at Red Rocks

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By Deborah Swearingen

A driver has been taken into custody after reportedly crashing into two pedestrians and multiple cars in the lower south parking lot at Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre last Thursday night.

Two female pedestrians, who had just left a performance from Pink Martini and the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, were struck just before 10:30 p.m. at the Morrison venue. One of the women suffered minor injuries, while the other was uninjured. Neither was taken to the hospital.

“It does not appear that there were any serious injuries (to the pedestrians),” said John White, spokesman with the Denver Police Department.

Andrew Howard Pankins, 47, is facing careless driving charges, as well as multiple counts of leaving the scene of an accident resulting in injury.

The suspect took off and crashed into a ravine about a half-mile from entrance two of Red Rocks. He fled on foot and was found nearby.

“They had dogs out looking for him,” said Ronda Scholting, spokeswoman with West Metro Fire Rescue.

Scholting said a technical rope rescue team with West Metro took at least one and half hours to remove the car from the ravine. White confirmed that West Metro had to rescue the driver.

West Metro transported the suspect to a nearby hospital.

The Denver Police Department is investigating the incident.