Trucker pleads not guilty to Hwy. 82 vehicular homicide |

Trucker pleads not guilty to Hwy. 82 vehicular homicide

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” A trucker pleaded not guilty Thursday on two counts of vehicular homicide for a fatal crash on Highway 82 last year.

Mark Chamness will take the case to a jury after his attorney, Thomas Silverman, and the district attorney’s office were unable to negotiate a plea bargain. A trial date will be set Friday by Garfield County District Judge Denise Lynch.

Chamness was charged after two people lost their lives and a third person was seriously injured in an accident on Jan. 8, 2008 near Catherine Store, about 25 miles west of Aspen and 4 miles east of Carbondale.

Chamness was pulling a trailer across Highway 82 shortly before dawn, according to the Colorado State Patrol. The trailer was struck by a westbound Kia Sophia with three occupants. The driver and front-seat passenger were killed instantly. The driver was Elizeo Trinidad, 21, and the passenger was Noemy Ramos, 23. A passenger in the back seat, Julio Hernandez Mendoza, was critically injured.

Silverman declined comment about the case after Thursday’s hearing. “The not guilty plea says it all,” he said.

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