The Medina Alert is a public awareness campaign designed to alert the public to Hit and Run or Leaving the Scene drivers that have caused or been involved in a accident causing serious bodily injury or death to another.
Governor John Hickenlooper signed The Medina Alert, March 25, 2014. The Medina Alert statewide system becomes law January 1, 2015.
This alert was created to alert the public to be on the lookout for a person or suspect following a hit and run accident. Denver and Aurora have had the Medina Alert in place for some time.
Colorado House Bill 14-1191 was introduced to add the Medina Alert program to current law that provides for programs when law enforcement want the public’s help in locating a person or suspect, the suspect’s vehicle or any information pertaining to the incident. The Alert also provides law enforcement to instruct or warn the public.
The Medina Alert targets hit and run or leaving the scene of an accident involving serious bodily injury or death suspects. Law enforcement will have extensive tools to notify the public of new evidence.
The program coordinates CBI, law enforcement agencies and the public and commercial television and radio stations of Colorado.
The Medina Alert is named after a young man, Jose L. Medina. Jose was a valet worker killed by a hit and run driver on Lincoln Street two years ago. A taxi driver was able to get the license plate number of the driver leaving the scene.