Driver who killed pedestrian on sidewalk in Thornton pleads guilty to murder, sentenced to 24 years

A 28-year-old man pleaded guilty to second-degree murder Monday for hitting and killing a 68-year-old woman with his car last year, 17th Judicial District Attorney Brian Mason announced Monday.

Isaac Aranda was sentenced to 24 years in prison by an Adams County judge following his guilty plea.

Aranda was seen driving erratically in Northglenn on Jan. 30, 2021, according to the DA’s office. He was accused of swerving into oncoming traffic and striking a vehicle repeatedly before fleeing the scene.

The DA’s office said that soon afterward, Aranda struck and killed the pedestrian, Debra Blanchard, in the 10400 block of Washington Street. She was walking on the sidewalk on the opposite side of the street at the time she was killed.

Aranda again fled the scene before being caught, the DA’s office said.

Mason called Aranda’s actions that day “egregious behavior.”

“I hope the victim’s family can find some solace in this conclusion and that the defendant has time to consider the pain he’s caused,” Mason said in a statement.

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