The 38-year-old suspect arrested Thursday in connection to the crash that severely injured two cyclists, is being held on charges of aggravated first-degree assault with the use of a weapon (in this case, a SUV), hit-and-run that resulted in injury and parole violation bribing.
Jacki Kelley, a spokesperson for Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, said that the suspect, a transgender woman, uses the name Haley Mill but that is not their legal name.
Witnesses told authorities that Mill deliberately drove into two cyclists while driving a 2018 Ford Escape in the 29000 block of U.S. Highway 40.
One of the two cyclists was treated on the scene and released with minor injuries, whereas the other cyclist was taken to the hospital and is currently in critical condition.
A woman cyclist who was hit and injured suffered a “traumatic brain injury,” according to an arrest affidavit. The man who was hit later went to a hospital and was diagnosed with a rib fracture and a lung injury.
Witnesses told investigators that the driver of the vehicle allegedly did not stop and check on the injured cyclists.
One witness, who was riding with the group of cyclists, told police that the suspect’s Ford Escape passed him going about 70 mph and dragging a bicycle. The witness then saw the SUV turn into the El Rancho Brewing Company parking lot, according to the affidavit. That witness took photos of the Escape, including its temporary license plate.
Denver SWAT assisted in Mill’s arrest Thursday afternoon, with a $10,000 award for Mill’s capture posted the day before the arrest was made.
The incident, Kelley said, was “definitely a deliberate act of violence.”