Guilty plea in Denver hit-and-run that killed mother, kids
DENVER ” A man accused of crashing his pickup into a family of four, killing three of them, and then driving away pleaded guilty Monday to vehicular homicide, drunken driving and other charges.
He also pleaded guilty to fatal child abuse, vehicular assault, reckless driving and leaving the scene.
Police said Trujillo was driving a pickup in Denver’s Lower Downtown District the night of Nov. 10 when he ran a red light and hit Rebecca and Frank Bingham and their children Garrison, 2, and Macie, 4, who were at a crosswalk.
Rebecca Bingham was pushing a stroller. Garrison, Macie and Rebecca Bingham were killed. Frank Bingham was injured.
“There was no excuse for it,” police spokesman Sonny Jackson said at the time. “It is one of the most horrific accidents we’ve had.”
Trujillo had pleaded not guilty in January and was scheduled to go on trial Aug. 7. But he told a judge Monday he wanted plead guilty to avoid a trial for the sake of his own family and the victims’ family.
A passenger in Trujillo’s pickup, Eric Snell, pleaded guilty in May to driving under the influence and being an accessory to crime. Snell, 35, of Denver faces up to 90 days in jail and two years of probation.
He had agreed to testify against Trujillo.