Texas man Dean Carlson had three DUI convictions on his record when he plead guilty to his fourth. He also pleaded guilty to charges of vehicular assault and reckless driving for causing a catastrophic car accident that sent one man to the hospital. Four months later, the victim is still in critical condition.
Carlson had been drinking at multiple bars on the night of July 21. The accident occurred around 4 am. Reports indicate that Carlson was driving north on southbound Diagonal Highway when he crashed into a Toyota Yaris containing Daniel Mays, 28, and his girlfriend, Sean Balog, 23. Balog was released after treatment. Denver Health officials say that Mays may not survive his injuries.
Closing the Case
A district attorney for Boulder County said that he was waiting for developments in Mays’ condition before filing charges. If Mays died, it would have led to additional charges against Carlson like vehicular homicide.
“After consulting with all the family members, we felt it was appropriate to resolve the case, especially with the defendant willing to take full responsibility,” said attorney Stan Garnett.
Carlson pleaded guilty to seven charges:
- Two counts of vehicular assault while driving under the influence
- Two counts of vehicular assault
- Driving under the influence
- Reckless driving
- Driving on the wrong side of a divided highway
Alcohol plays a role in nearly 30 percent of all car accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Negligent drivers who injure others in car accidents could owe damages to victims and deceased victims’ estates. If you lost a loved one or sustained critical injuries in a car crash, our attorneys might be able to help. For a free case review, call (866) 377-3800.
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