Accidents can happen at any second for a variety of different reasons. While some may be the result of criminal behavior, many are due to a relatively simple driver miscalculation. Unfortunately, police in Colorado may be quick to jump to conclusions about the cause of an accident, especially if the driver involved has a criminal history. Unfortunately, a man was recently arrested and charged with vehicular homicide following a fatal crash.
The incident happened one afternoon on a day in mid-November. According to reports, a 27-year-old man was driving a pickup truck south on a Colorado road. Police say that near an intersection, the truck left the roadway before rolling several times.
Unfortunately, a 29-year-old man who had a passenger in the truck was ejected, and he died at the scene of the accident. Police claim that there were pill and alcohol bottles found at the site of the crash, allowing them to suspect that drugs or alcohol may have played a role. Reports indicate that speed is also suspected to have been a factor in the crash. The man was recently arrested and faces charges of vehicular homicide, reckless driving and driving under the influence. The defendant could also face a parole revocation stemming from charges in 2015.
Despite allegations made by police, there are many elements of the crash that are unclear, including whether the deceased passenger was wearing a safety belt and how police determined that the bottles found at the scene were the defendant’s. Because most people in Colorado charged with vehicular homicide and other crimes have little legal training, they are often unable to make informed decisions about their case. As a result, they seek advice from professionals who are familiar with the criminal justice system and have experience with similar cases.
Source: coloradoan.com, “Man arrested for DUI in fatal Johnstown crash,” Jacy Marmaduke, Dec. 8, 2017