Mesa Co. driver faces murder charge
November 15, 2007
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. ” A 24-year-old man faces 15 charges, including first-degree murder, after a Nov. 6 head-on collision involving a pregnant woman on Highway 65. The baby she was carrying subsquently died.
Logan Lage of Grand Junction was charged Thursday in Mesa County under a section of Colorado’s first-degree murder statute alleging “extreme indifference” to the value of human life.
The Colorado State Patrol chased the Jeep Cherokee Lage was driving some 15 miles before Lage slammed into a vehicle driven by 26-year-old Shea Lehnen of Collbran, Colo. Lehnen was pregnant.
Lehnen’s baby was subsequently delivered via Caesarean section at St. Marys Hospital in Grand Junction after Lehnen was taken there by ambulance. The Mesa County Coroner’s Office said the child was alive more than an hour before dying.
Deputy Coroner Dr. Robert Kurtzman on Wednesday ruled the baby’s death as homicide and the cause of death as asphyxiation.
Kurtzman said injuries suffered in the crash by the baby’s mother damaged the placenta, compromising blood flow to the fetus.
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Lage was hospitalized and released last weekend. He’s being held at the Mesa County Jail on a $500,000 bond.
In addition to the murder charge, Lage was charged child abuse resulting in death, first-degree assault with extreme indifference, vehicular homicide, three counts of vehicular eluding, vehicular assault, three counts of careless driving, child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury, reckless driving, driving under restraint and driving without proof of insurance.