Remembering Abel Shippley, Killed By a Motorist in Sunnyside

Abel Shippley.
Abel Shippley.

Gregorio Benavides may have been drunk when he struck and killed Abel Shippley, 79, with a vehicle in front of the Sunnyside resident’s home on July 20.

Benavides
Gregorio Benavides

That’s according to a heart-wrenching report from 9News, which states Shippley, a grandfather and great-grandfather, was washing his truck near 46th Avenue and Elm Court when Benavides hit and killed his neighbor.

Shippley was the eighth pedestrian killed by a motorist in Denver this year, according to the Denver Police Department.

Police charged Benavides with vehicular homicide. Here’s more from 9News:

“He was pleasant. He was a God-fearing man,” daughter Sherry Cordova told 9NEWS on Monday.

“He loved his neighborhood and his neighbors very much,” she added. “He used to come out here to shovel at 3 o’clock in the morning so they wouldn’t have to come out in the morning and shovel their walkway.”

Every week he washed his trucks, just like he was doing this last Friday at his home at West 46th Avenue and Elm Court.

His wife, Naomi, was watering the lawn nearby and said she saw a vehicle coming and then heard a loud boom. Naomi and Abel would have been married 41 years in February.

“I said ‘Oh my god, he hit the truck,’” Naomi Shippley said.” And when I went around, my husband was on the ground.”

Despite multiple requests, police have not provided Streetsblog with the crash report.

Shippley was killed in City Council Member Rafael Espinoza’s district. To tell Espinoza about the need for safer streets, you can contact (720) 337-7701, DistrictOne@denvergov.org or via Twitter and Facebook.

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