DENVER, CO – Family members are asking for help identifying the driver of an “older-model maroon sports car” that struck and killed a 52-year-old man Saturday, Oct. 6 on South Santa Fe Drive in Denver.
Jeffrey Huffman was hit around 9:15 p.m. near Santa Fe and Iowa Street by a vehicle that swerved around another car that “slammed on the breaks,” police told Huffman’s sister, Virginia Foster.
Foster described her younger brother as a “kind and giving individual” who had made plans to watch the Broncos game with a friend the next day.
Huffman died of “multiple blunt force injuries” after being struck by the car, which police believe may have been a Mazda Miata or Honda S2000. Police believe the car may have had damage to the driver’s-side front fender from the collision. The car was last seen fleeing southbound on South Santa Fe Drive from the scene, police said.
Funeral services for Huffman, one of seven siblings, were held on Saturday, Oct. 13, his sister said.
Huffman, who never married and had no children was like a father to her children, and her “best friend” Foster said. Huffman was disabled since 2010 and lived with Foster who has been a long-time south metro Realtor in Englewood, Littleton and Highlands Ranch.
Family friends posted a GoFundMe fundraising site to help defray costs of Huffman’s burial.
“Jeff was a passionate, kind, caring individual. Despite the many challenges he faced in life, he was always there with a helping hand for those he loved. We are doing our very best to honor his spirit, and his generous nature as we lay him to rest,” Elizabeth Atwood posted.
Virginia Foster and brother Jeffrey Huffman, who was killed in a hit-and-run accident in Denver via GoFundMe
Police and Metro Denver Crime Stoppers issued a $2,000 reward for information related to the accident and the driver of the burgundy car.
Tipsters can call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers (720) 913-7867 – (720) 913-STOP. To be eligible for the award and to remain anonymous, tipsters must call the tip line. The tip line is answered 24 hours a day – 7 days a week, police said.
Foster hopes police can identify the driver.
“I hope someone will see one of the bulletins, or the driver’s conscience will come through,” she said.
“Jeff didn’t deserve to be killed. He didn’t expect it,” Foster said. “I think of him every morning and every evening and every minute in between.”
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