A 43-year-old Monument man has been convicted of vehicular homicide for a Castle Rock hit-and-run that happened almost two years ago.
In February 2012, Nelson Canada and an acquaintance had pulled their Ford Expedition over to the side of the road. As the driver and passenger switched places, a Ford Excursion hit Canada so hard that his shoes were blown off and he was thrown more than 100 feet from the point of impact.
Daniel Swecker, the driver of the Excursion, did not call the police or stop to render any aid. He did return to the scene 40 minutes later, after arranging to have his wife pick him up from a gas station a little ways from the crash site.
Police measured Swecker’s blood-alcohol content about an hour and 45 minutes after the accident, and it was .118 by that time. In the state of Colorado, anything above .08 is legally intoxicated.
On May 28, Swecker was convicted of DUI, vehicular manslaughter and leaving the scene of an accident involving death. He is scheduled to be sentenced July 11.
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