Driver faces charges in woman’s death
EAGLE-VAIL – The driver of a NAPA auto parts truck faces a charge of careless driving causing death after the vehicle she drove struck and killed Maria Estrada April 4 on Highway 6, the Colorado State Patrol reported.Patrol investigator Brian Koch continues to examine the accident, but he doesn’t expect to bring any charges beyond the misdemeanor against the driver, 21-year-old Colleen Moore.
“There’s no reason to believe there would be felony charges involved,” Koch said.To be charged with felony, Moore would have to have been driving under the influence or driving recklessly, Koch said. He refused to say – for fear of jeopardizing the case – what made Moore’s driving careless.Estrada, 23, was struck in front of the Eagle-Vail Riverview Apartments by the NAPA truck as she walked to work at the Wal-Mart McDonald’s, according to the State Patrol. Moore became distracted and veered from the eastbound lane across the westbound lane, striking a stop sign, Estrada and a tree, troopers said.Estrada, who likely died instantly, was pronounced dead at the Vail Valley Medical Center, Koch said. Moore suffered minor injuries.
Koch said he hopes to complete his investigation next week and hand over all reports and evidence to the Eagle County District Attorney’s Office. There, attorneys determine whether there is enough evidence to charge Moore with careless driving causing death. Attorneys can also seek additional charges.District Attorney Mark Hurlbert said it is common for investigations to take this long before his office receives an official report from police agencies. He said he had no idea what charges to seek until the reports are received.
Staff Writer J.K. Perry can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 14622, or firstname.lastname@example.org.Vail, Colorado