Driver in fatal wreck facing 24-year term
A Fort Collins woman who police say was drunk when she allegedly caused a fatal accident on Highway 133 early New Year’s Day could get up to 24 years in prison.Stormy Lindblom, 25, faces a felony charge of vehicular homicide, DUI and careless driving causing bodily injury. DUI and careless driving causing bodily injury are misdemeanors. According to the Colorado State Patrol, Lindblom was driving with two passengers in a Toyota Rav4 nine miles outside Carbondale when she lost control coming out of a curve. The vehicle rolled down an embankment and slammed into a tree on its passenger side.Josanna Reece, a 22-year-old Redstone resident who was riding in the front passenger seat, was killed on impact. Lindblom and the other passenger were not seriously hurt.Appearing in Pitkin County District Court yesterday, Lindblom sat by herself at the defense table as Judge James Boyd advised her of the charges and her rights. The charges, if proved, could result in a prison term of anywhere from four to 12 years in prison. If circumstances warrant, Lindblom could be sentenced under a special offender provision, which could double the potential prison term to 24 years.Deputy District Attorney Gail Nichols said she had not reviewed the police report yet and was awaiting results of a blood test.Lindblom, supported by a handful of friends and relatives in the back of the courtroom, said she had not yet hired a lawyer. “I am trying to contact an attorney. I’m not sure if I can afford one myself,” she told the judge.Boyd advised her to obtain an attorney’s services as soon as possible and scheduled her next court appearance for Jan. 10.Reece, who was wearing her seat belt, was a graduate of Yampah Mountain High School and worked for the Aspen Skiing Co. and Nordic Gardens Landscape Co.Chad Abraham’s e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
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