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Police: Driver Confesses to Hit-And-Run

November 14, 2006

DENVER (AP) _ A driver accused of hitting a family of four while driving drunk confessed to the crime, according to an arrest warrant. The accident killed two children in a stroller and their mother.

Lawrence Trujillo, 36, was being held Monday in lieu of $250,000 bail after being arrested on suspicion of vehicular homicide while driving under the influence, suspicion of assault while driving under the influence and suspicion of leaving the scene of an accident.

District attorney spokeswoman Lynn Kimbrough said charges could be filed this week.

``Trujillo admitted to the detectives that he was driving at the time of the accident. ... He also admitted being too intoxicated to drive. He was aware that he had struck pedestrians, and attempted to hide his vehicle from police,″ investigators wrote in the arrest affidavit.

Trujillo is accused of driving through a red light at high speed Friday in an area of downtown Denver that draws thousands to sports venues, theaters, restaurants and bars. He and a passenger in the car were later arrested.

Trujillo rejected jailhouse interview attempts, and it was unclear whether he had an attorney.

Becca Bingham, 39, her 2-year-old son, Garrison, and her 4-year-old daughter, Macie, died. Both children were decked out in their Halloween costumes, Macie in a pink princess outfit and Garrison in a yellow superhero cape. The woman’s husband, Frank Bingham, survived with an arm injury and bruises and was expected to be released soon from a hospital.

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