Court date set in fatal accident near CMC
November 18, 2011
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – The 17-year-old driver in an Oct. 20 accident on a county road south of Glenwood Springs, in which a fellow Colorado Mountain College student was killed, faces preliminary charges of vehicular homicide and reckless driving.
Authorities are also still awaiting results of a toxicology test to determine if the juvenile male driver was drunk at the time of the accident, Colorado State Patrol Trooper Robert Varner said.
If so, an additional charge of vehicular homicide/driving under the influence (DUI) may be leveled, Varner said.
The suspect is to appear in Garfield County Court on Dec. 14.
CMC student Steph Zgorzynski, 18, of Aurora, was killed, and the driver and two other passengers, also CMC students, were injured when their car went off a sharp curve on County Road 114 and rolled several times.
The accident happened shortly before midnight on Oct. 20 about a mile east of the Spring Valley CMC campus. A nearby resident heard the accident and called it in, Varner said.
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Zgorzynski was pronounced dead at Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs from injuries she sustained in the crash.
The other students, Calla Fisher, 19, of Sedona, Ariz., Juan Chaves-Kryks, 18, of Loveland, and the driver were also seriously injured in the crash and were taken to the hospital. They have all since been released.
“We can’t say whether alcohol or drugs were involved until we get the [toxicology] report,” Varner said in a follow-up interview. “We do still believe that excessive speed was also a factor.”
The speed limit on that section of the county road is 25 mph, he said.
Formal charges are expected to be filed by the 9th District Attorney’s Office at the Dec. 14 court hearing.