Young Driver Faces Charges Over Deadly Accident

A 17-year-old driver is facing charges of vehicular homicide and reckless driving for an October 20 accident south of Glenwood Springs, Colorado that resulted in the death of a fellow Colorado Mountain College student.

The young man was driving just before midnight on County Road 114 along with three passengers, CMC students Steph Zgorzynski, 18, or Aurora, Calla Fisher, 19, of Sedona, Ariz., and Juan Chaves-Kryks, 18, of Loveland.

The vehicle went off a sharp curve in the road and rolled several times, killing Zgorzynski and seriously injuring the remaining occupants. All were taken to Valley View Hospital after the crash, where the young woman was pronounced dead.

Authorities are waiting on the results of a toxicology test to determine if the driver was drunk at the time of the accident, according to Colorado State Trooper Robert Varner.

“We can’t say whether alcohol or drugs were involved until we get the [toxicology] report,” Varner said. “We do still believe that excessive speed was also a factor.”

If results show the driver was drunk, an additional charge of vehicular homicide/driving under the influence (DUI) may be leveled, according to Varner.

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