Gypsum man charged with vehicular homicide, DUI in fatal crash in Eagle
EAGLE — Prosecutors say a Gypsum man was driving under the influence and caused a fatal crash.
Anthony Eugene Chase, 47, of Gypsum, is being charged with vehicular homicide and DUI in the July 23 crash that killed 29-year-old Sergio Ordonez-Morales.
Chase is also charged with reckless driving and tampering with evidence. He was officially charged Friday in Eagle County court.
According to Eagle County Sheriff’s Office reports, Chase was allegedly driving a Mack concrete pumper truck westbound on U.S. Highway 6 between Edwards and Eagle.
At 5:21 p.m., he allegedly crossed the centerline and collided with the white Chevy van Ordonez-Morales was driving.
Ordonez-Morales was rushed to the Vail Valley Medical Center where, at 6:16 p.m., he was pronounced dead.
District Attorney Bruce Brown said Chase could be looking at a lengthy prison sentence.
Chase is free on $15,000 bond. He’s back in court at 9 a.m. Nov. 17.
The crash is the latest in a string of vehicular homicides/assaults in Eagle County.
On June 2015, Hugo Castillo-Marquez, of Avon, was sentenced to two years in prison in the death of a local woman who was a passenger in his car.
In May 2015, Emanuel Villeda, of Pueblo, was sentenced to 12 years in prison for vehicular homicide/DUI for a June 2014 crash that led to the death of one man and the paralysis of another.
In February, Michael Glass was sentenced to five years probation and 360 days in jail for injuring a pedestrian and leaving the scene of a Dec. 9, 2013, accident that left the victim with a compound leg fracture.
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