Teen charged in fatal crash has new attorney
A teen who allegedly caused a traffic wreck this summer in which a fellow Aspen High student died has hired a high-powered Denver attorney, according to court documents released Monday.Dustin Hite, 17, is charged with vehicular homicide after the car he was driving crashed on June 24 a mile east of Aspen on Highway 82. Alex Terral, 17, a passenger in the car, suffered severe head injuries and died four days later.Appearing in juvenile court yesterday, Hite sat with his parents and his present attorney, Katharine Sullivan. She said Fredric Winocur would be entering the case as her co-counsel. Winocur is a trial lawyer with Kamlet, Shepherd & Reichert LLP and a former attorney at the state public defenders office.Sullivan, saying she is still awaiting reports from a crash reconstruction expert, asked for a continuance. Deputy District Attorney Gail Nichols did not protest the request but did note that preliminary proceedings are slowing the case.I hope we can get the experts reports so we can move forward, Nichols said.Judge James Boyd agreed, saying the case is getting very mature and we do need to get moving on it.He set Hites next court appearance for Feb. 7.Hite was driving a 1991 Mercedes with Terral and another passenger, Max Bardell, when he lost control and went off the road, hitting a fence and a boulder before the car rolled. Terral and Bardell, who were not wearing seat belts, were ejected. Hite and Bardell were not seriously injured.Speeding likely played a factor, according to the Colorado State Patrol. Hite could get two years in prison if convicted.Terral was a National Merit Scholar and a member of the Aspen High varsity basketball team.Chad Abrahams e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
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