Police identify pedestrian killed in Colorado Springs hit-and-run; suspect arrested

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Criss Seal carries the American flag at the intersection of Academy Boulevard and Galley Road on September 11, 2018. FOX21 News file photo

A suspect has been arrested in connection with a hit-and-run crash that killed a pedestrian in Colorado Springs Wednesday night. 

The crash happened around 11:15 p.m. just north of the intersection of Academy Boulevard and Austin Bluffs Parkway. The pedestrian, 44-year-old Christopher Seal, was headed westbound across Academy when he was hit by a car headed southbound. Police said Seal was not in the crosswalk when he was hit. He died on the scene. 

Seal was known for honoring the victims of the 9/11 attacks by carrying an American flag at the intersection of Academy Boulevard and Galley Road every year on the anniversary of the attacks. 

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Police found the suspect vehicle, a black 2005 Chevrolet Impala, the day after the crash. It was sitting under a tarp, without license plates. Police identified the driver as Robert Valencia, 26, of Colorado Springs. He is charged with accidents involving death, which is a felony. 

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