Recklessly driving a car which causes serious bodily injury to another person is charged as Vehicular Assault in Denver, Adams and Jefferson County. A man was recently charged with this crime along with Reckless Driving, Eluding, and Aggravated Motor Vehicle Theft after running over his grandmother while stealing a car. According to the report, the man was in a pickup truck (that did not belong to him) when his grandmother reached in and tried to take the keys. He drove away, running her over in the process. When the police attempted to pull him over, he tried to run over a deputy and was able to get away. To date, there is an active warrant for the man.
Douglas County Vehicular Assault Lawyer | Definition of Vehicular Assault in Arapahoe County
The Douglas and Arapahoe County, Colorado law definition of Vehicular Assault – C.R.S. 18-3-205 – is:
“(1) (a) If a person operates or drives a motor vehicle in a reckless manner, and this conduct is the proximate cause of serious bodily injury to another, such person commits vehicular assault.
(b) (I) If a person operates or drives a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or one or more drugs, or a combination of both alcohol and one or more drugs, and this conduct is the proximate cause of a serious bodily injury to another, such person commits vehicular assault. This is a strict liability crime.”
The man is likely facing a charge under subsection (a) because there was no mention of alcohol or drugs being involved in the incident. He is being charged for driving the vehicle without due regard for the safety of others. He clearly didn't take his grandmother's safety into consideration when he ran her over.
Sentence for Vehicular Assault in Douglas and Arapahoe County
Vehicular Assault is a class 5 felony when charged under subsection (a). This class 5 felony is punishable by 1 to 3 years in the Colorado Department of Corrections. Most often, we see these charges resulting from a DUI accident. When charged under subsection (b), Vehicular Assault is harshened to a class 4 felony.
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