On behalf of The Frickey Law Firm, posted on Wednesday, August 14, 2013.
The immediate future of a young man who practiced to become an Olympic snowboarder will be spent behind bars. A Colorado judge ordered the 21-year-old defendant to five years in prison for causing a November motor vehicle accident that severely injured one person and killed two others.
The fatal auto accident took placed in Grand County on the day before Thanksgiving. The defendant was snowboarding at Steamboat Ski Area as a member of the Winter Sports Club. The snowboarder apparently accepted alcohol and marijuana from his coach before getting behind the wheel of a pickup truck.
The driver lost control of the vehicle as it rounded a curve near Kremmling. The pickup crossed the centerline on Colorado Highway 9 and crashed into a Nissan Sentra, killing the car driver and a passenger. A second passenger was severely hurt.
A chemical test showed the defendant had alcohol and marijuana in his system. The blood alcohol level was below the state limit for drivers 21 and older, but the accused man was 20 at the time of the fatality.
The vehicular assault and homicide charges carried a maximum possible sentence of 60 years. The sentence was softened through a plea deal in which prosecutors reduced the six felony charges by half and recommended a 19-year prison term. The snowboarder’s attorney requested credit for jail time served and probation.
The man accused of providing the defendant with intoxicating substances was fired from coaching but never charged with a crime. Liability lawsuits might name the former coach as a defendant, a “social host” with indirect responsibility for injuries and deaths in the crash.
If your loved one is injured or killed due to the recklessness or negligence of another in a motor vehicle accident, contact an experienced personal injury attorney. Your attorney can file a civil action on the family’s behalf. You may receive compensation for such claims as wrongful death, loss of consort, medical expenses, funeral expenses and other damages.
steamboattoday.com, “Steamboat snowboarder receives 5-year prison sentence for fatal DUI crash” Matt Stensland, Aug. 09, 2013