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Body found in torched car in Lake County tied to Glendale fatal hit-and-run

A body found in a burning vehicle in Lake County has been identified as the registered owner of the car. It’s the same car believed to be involved in a fatal hit-and-run collision earlier in Glendale.

The Summit County Coroner’s Office identified the body as that of 75-year-old Richard Randolph, of Denver, according to Lake County Sheriff’s Office news release.

The vehicle, a 2015 Hyundai Sonata, Colorado license plate 717-ODQ, was found on fire on Nov. 4 along Colorado 91. The coroner’s office used dental records in coming to the positive identification.

“Video footage obtained by Lake County Sheriff’s Office support the theory that Mr. Randolph set the vehicle fire himself in what is believed to have been a suicide,” the sheriff’s office said.

On Nov. 2, Glendale police responded to Leetsdale Drive and South Cherry Street on an auto-pedestrian collision. A 74-year-old woman and her dog were hit and the driver fled the scene. The woman was taken to Denver Health Medical Center where she was pronounced dead, police said.

“Mr. Randolph is the registered owner of the vehicle allegedly involved in the fatal hit-and-run accident that occurred in Glendale,” the sheriff’s office said.

A search warrant was executed on the car and evidence was collected as part of the ongoing Glendale hit-and-run investigation.

 

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