Speed, Alcohol Played Factors in Fatal Crash

Colorado DUI attorneys would like nothing more than to be able to turn their attentions to other forms of law.  Drunk Driving is a disturbing phenomenon in our society, and it seems that the problems are only getting worse. On Thursday, 36-year-old Jonathan Ichrist of Arvada, CO, was arrested on suspicion of causing a fatal accident in Aurora.

Police say that it was likely that both alcohol and speed contributed to the accident; Ichrist was allegedly driving 92 miles per hour when he ran a red light and slammed into a 2004 Pontiac driven by 22-year-old Catherine Wells of Denver.  Wells died in the crash, and her passenger was injured. Ichrist and his passenger were also injured and taken to the hospital.

The accident took place on East Iliff Avenue, where the speed limit is only 40 miles per hour. Ichrist’s bond has been set at $50,000. There are a laundry list of charges against Ichrist, many of which are Colorado felony charges.  The charges levied include vehicular homicide, driving under the influence, vehicular assault, and reckless driving.

It is important to remember here that Ichrist has not yet been proven guilty in a court of law, but situations like this make one reflect on just how awful it is that lives are ruined by reckless driving and those who drive under the influence of alcohol. Certainly Ichrist’s life could be ruined by this-the charges against him constitute long jail terms, and a stigma that will follow him for the rest of his life, and that’s not to mention the guilt he will likely carry.  But the loved ones of the deceased also have a long road of healing and recovery ahead-they may indeed never gain the closure they so desperately need. Regardless of the eventual outcome, we should take a lesson away from this.

If you have been in this DUI case, contact our  Castle Rock DUI Lawyers  at Law Offices of Ellmann & Ellmann. Call now: (303) 814-2600

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