UPDATE: 11/5/16, 11:34 a.m. EDT. A man has turned himself in to Denver police over the hit-and-run accident that killed Pulec.
Karina Pulec, an associate at Hogan Lovells in Denver, was killed early Sunday morning after being struck by a vehicle in a hit-and-run accident.
The Denver Post reported Monday night that authorities identified Pulec, 28, as the woman pronounced dead at the scene in downtown Denver after being hit by what police believe could have been a white pickup truck. Pulec died from blunt force injuries, according to the city medical examiner’s office.
Pulec, who became a member of the Colorado Bar Association earlier this year, worked in Hogan Lovells’ intellectual property, media and technology practice. She moved to Denver in December 2015 and began working at the firm, having spent the previous two years as a technology transactions associate at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in Palo Alto, California, according to her profile on professional networking website LinkedIn.
Hogan Lovells, in a memo obtained by Above the Law, informed employees Monday of Pulec’s death at the hands of a hit-and-run driver near her home.
“[Karina] was a talented lawyer, a great colleague and a wonderful presence in the Denver office,” the firm said. “Karina’s death will be felt by all of us at the firm. Our thoughts are with her family and her boyfriend, who was also injured on Saturday evening and is recovering.”
Cole Finegan, managing partner of Hogan Lovells’ Denver office, told The Denver Post that Pulec was a “lovely and gifted young woman” who was “very well-liked and very highly regarded in our law firm.”
The newspaper reported that police are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding Pulec’s death but more details have yet to be publicly released. Pulec, who was also a member of The State Bar of California, graduated from Cornell Law School in 2013. In law school, she interned for the Wikimedia Foundation.
Pulec grew up outside Denver in Longmont, Colorado, according to an online memorial.