Driver faces felony in I-70 fatality
September 12, 2007
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. ” Prosecutors Tuesday filed a lone felony charge against a Rifle man accused in the hit-and-run death of a truck driver last week on Interstate 70.
James Wilson, 28, was charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving death in the collision that killed 50-year-old Paul Dobson of Las Vegas, Nev.
District Attorney Pete Hautzinger said the charge is based on a one-page accident report by the Colorado State Patrol.
“We may well be adding charges in the future,” Hautzinger said.
Wilson was booked into Mesa County Jail on Aug. 29 by troopers on felony counts of leaving the scene of an accident involving death, and failure to render aid after an accident involving death.
Dobson was crossing I-70 near Clifton, just outside of Grand Junction, running to help a driver of a sedan who was involved in an accident with Dobson’s semi-truck.
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Wilson’s Ford Ranger struck Dobson in the westbound lane.
An arrest affidavit alleges Wilson continued driving several thousand feet, before stopping and starting again, after the collision.
Wilson told troopers he had his windshield wipers on and didn’t realize he’d hit something in the road ” this despite heavy front-end damage to his truck.