Marble woman pleads guilty to DUI, negligent homicide
Marble resident Rebecca Wood pleaded guilty Monday to negligent homicide and driving under the influence for the June 15 accident that killed Jose Munoz Torres.Wood, 23, was driving south on Highway 133 near Marble at about 10:30 p.m. when her Jeep Cherokee crossed the center line and rolled over the top of Torres’ car, according to the Colorado Highway Patrol. Wood cried through much of Monday’s court hearing and threw up into a bag just before taking a seat in the defendant’s chair. Her parents and other family members in attendance also cried through much of the hearing. Wood originally was charged with vehicular homicide, DUI, driving without insurance and another traffic infraction. Several of the charges were dropped as part of a plea bargain. Wood faces a prison sentence of one to three years for the negligent homicide charge and five days to one year in county jail for the DUI; she will be sentenced Jan 8 at 1:45 p.m. She has also agreed to pay $300 a month to the victim’s mother for a total of $8,500. Although Wood has no previous DUI offenses, she received six speeding tickets between 2001 and 2004. She also was charged with possession of methamphetamine in 2002.Assistant District Attorney Gail Nichols said speed was a factor in the accident, along with a blood alcohol level of .13 two hours after the crash. Nichols previously had commented that Wood told people at the crash site she had been smoking marijuana. Torres, 40, was on his way home to Rifle from his job as kitchen manager at the Crystal Club Cafe in Redstone when he was killed. Restaurant owners Kim and Billy Amicon remembered the 15-year employee as a dedicated and well-known fixture in Redstone who was loved by his co-workers.Joel Stonington’s e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
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