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Driver charged for trooper and cadet's deaths

Car and truck accidents do sometimes happen by mistake. Yes, sometimes, there are things that go wrong in the vehicle that make it hard to stop or to get out of the way before a crash is caused. In many cases, even a malfunction won't cause an accident due to drivers attempting to move away from people or other vehicles.

Sometimes, drivers don't move over or stop when they should, putting others at risk. If you remember reading the story previously posted about a State Patrol cadet being killed and a trooper being injured in Colorado near Longmont, then you may recall that the 27-year-old driver claimed his acceleration pedal was stuck and that his emergency break didn't work. Because of those malfunctions, he claims he couldn't avoid the accident.

On June 2, the man was formally charged for the accident. He was charged with first-degree murder with extreme indifference and another three counts of attempted first-degree murder with extreme indifference. The court documents show eight other felonies against him as well including assault, vehicular homicide, vehicular eluding, vehicular assault and several counts for possessing drugs with the intent to distribute them. He also faces several misdemeanor charges.

The charges come after a horrific accident during which the 27-year-old drove his vehicle down Colorado 66 near Weld County Road at around 8 a.m. The man was fleeing police that had been chasing him when he entered the scene of another crash. That's when he struck the 21-year-old cadet and the 37-year-old trooper who were assisting at the scene. The men had been placing stopsticks in the road because of hearing about the high-speed chase over the radio.

The 27-year-old man is being held without bond. If he's convicted, he faces life in prison without the chance for parole.

Source:, "Driver Charged With Murder in Colo. LODD," Mitchell Byars, June 03, 2015

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