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Alleged DUI driver charged with first degree murder

A man in Colorado who was accused of causing a fatal crash in October due to drunk driving now faces a charge of murder in the first degree. The alleged DUI accident took place on a Monday. The 25-year-old is accused of killing a 28-year-old woman in the crash.

The accident took place along a street at Interstate 70. According to police, the man was driving south on the street and then suddenly crashed into the woman's car. The woman's vehicle collided with another car and a cement barrier, causing her death. Meanwhile, the man's vehicle collided with a street light as well as another vehicle. The other vehicle then struck a fence and an empty van.

The man is said to have gone to a lake following the hit-and-run collision. Witnesses reportedly saw him naked there and dancing on top of a statue. According to authorities, before the crash, the man was driving more than 130 mph in an area with a 35 mph speed limit.

A person facing a DUI charge in Colorado has every right to proceed to trial to fight the charge. Alternatively, the individual may seek to negotiate a plea agreement with the prosecution, which may offer the advantage of leading to reduced charges and/or a more lenient sentence than what would be rendered if a guilty verdict was obtained at trial. In either situation, the criminal defense will push for an outcome that is ultimately in the client's best interests, considering all of the relevant circumstances.

Source: kdvr.com, "Court records: Accused fatal hit-and-run driver was going 134 mph at time of crash", Chuck Hickey, Nov. 4, 2016

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