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AURORA, Colo. (AP) — A man who was driving drunk when he hit and killed a pedestrian in suburban Denver has been convicted of second-degree murder.

The Aurora Sentinel reported Friday that 42-year-old Christopher Tarr faces up to 48 years in prison for the murder conviction alone when he is sentenced Jan. 25. He could face more time for charges that include DUI, reckless driving and vehicular homicide.

Investigators say 22-year-old Dalton McCreary died after he was hit by the SUV in Aurora in August 2016. His 18-year-old friend credited McCreary with saving his life, saying he pushed him out of the vehicle’s path.

Tarr, who was convicted last week, ran a red light at a high rate of speed and tried to turn when he lost control of the vehicle and struck McCreary.


Information from: The Aurora Sentinel,