Jun 4, 2011 10:25 PM by Matt Stafford

NF5 viewer tip lead police to fatal hit and run arrest

Colorado Springs Police have arrested a man in connection with a fatal hit and run last week at Rangewood Drive and Randall Drive, killing a Fort Carson soldier.

"A vehicle turned left (south on Rangewood) in front of those two motorcycles, striking one of the motorcycles causing a fatal car crash," described Sgt L.C. Morgan at the scene of a hit and run on Friday May 27th around 10 p.m.

19-year-old Christopher Wheeler, a specialist stationed at Fort Carson died that evening at the hospital. The driver who hit Wheeler's motorcycle drove away.

"The green vehicle, it was metallic green in color, fled from the area to the west," said Sgt. Morgan. "Officers searched the area for the vehicle but were unable to locate it."

The investigation continued into the next week, but police got a big break when they received a tip from a News First 5 viewer. They had seen the original story about the hit and run, heard the description, thought they saw the car; so they called it in Friday.

"It led us to the person who was driving the vehicle," explains Sgt. Adrian Vasquez with the Colorado Springs Police Department. The information they needed came form a picture on the witness's phone.

"That was something that we could look at and help us determine whether that was going to be the vehicle or not," says Sgt. Vasquez. "When we were able to talk to this person they were able to provide us with other people that we were able to follow up on."

Now 31-year-old Michael Wesley Conyer is in custody for charges related to the accident and the hit and run, thanks to an observant viewer.

"Without that information we wouldn't have been able to find the person who did the hit and run," says Sgt. Vasquez. He adds that anytime viewers have a tip -- no matter how unimportant they think it may be -- the Police Department really appreciates when they share the information. He says you can always call the department's main line at 444-7000.

Sgt. Vasquez says as soon as the Major Accidents Unit is finished with their investigation, they'll hand it off to the District Attorney's office for formal charges. He says they'll look at the scope of the accident, as well as that the driver left the scene of the accident.



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