Charges expected Monday for man arrested in deadly hit-and-run

Preston Dorris is accused of fleeing the scene after striking and killing cyclist Chuck Vogel on the 4th of July.

By Janet Oravetz

The man who was arrested in Nebraska nearly two weeks after a hit-and-run crash that killed a cyclist in Douglas County is due in court Monday morning where he’s expected to be formally charged in the case.

Preston James Dorris, 36, was taken into custody in Scottsbluff, Nebraska on July 16 on two separate warrants– one in relation to the hit-and-run, and one for a previous robbery charge, according to District Attorney George Brauchler. 

He’s accused of striking and killing cyclist Edward “Chuck” Vogel around 6:25 a.m. on July 4 on Pine and Centennial drives in Parker.

Vogel, who was about to become a grandfather, was taken to Parker Adventist Hospital where he died a short time later.

Edward “Chuck” Vogel

No amount of punishment can ever bring our husband/father back, however we are dedicated to making the roads safer for all cyclists by punishing drivers like this in such a way that everyone who operates a motor vehicle will take note, and use caution when driving around cyclists,” Vogel’s family said in a statement last week.   

Dorris was extradited to Colorado and remains in custody at the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. He faces the following charges:

  • Failure to remain at scene/give information and/or aid after accident involving death
  • Vehicular homicide
  • Robbery
  • First-degree aggravated motor vehicle theft
  • Failed to notify police of an accident

His bond has been set at $275,000.

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