Police say the hit-and-run victim tried to leave the vehicle while it was in motion when the passenger pried him away from the door.


ADAMS COUNTY - The passenger in a fatal hit-and-run in Thornton is facing manslaughter charges after police say she pried the victim's fingers from the moving vehicle he was holding onto, causing him to fall.

Cynthia Marie Vigil was the passenger in a van involved in a hit-and-run death that killed 29-year-old Joshua Stewart Saturday. The hit-and-run occurred at the 9600 block of Race Street in Thornton.

The driver of the van, Dannel Bond Kimble, has also been charged with manslaughter, as well as additional charges for leaving the scene of a fatal accident and reckless vehicular homicide.

According to an arrest affidavit, Stewart was a passenger in a van driven by Kimble when an argument ensued and Stewart tried to get out of the van.

That is when police said Vigil pried Stewart's fingers loose from the door of the van, causing him to lose his grip. Stewart was then run over by the van, and later a second vehicle.

The driver of the second vehicle stopped when she hit Stewart, and is not facing charges.

Kimble and Vigil were advised of their charges today in Adams County Court. Kimble will have his first hearing May 14.

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