NAPA driver sentenced in vehicular death
EAGLE COUNTY – The woman facing a wrongful-death lawsuit for the killing of 23-year-old Maria Estrada recently pleaded guilty in Eagle County court to careless driving causing death.Colleen Moore, 21, was charged with the violation after the NAPA Auto Parts truck she was driving struck and killed Estrada April 4 as she walked to work along State Highway 6 in Eagle-Vail.An investigator at the Colorado State Patrol said a distraction caused Moore to veer from the eastbound lane across the oncoming lane and then hit Estrada. What caused the distraction is still unknown.Moore was sentenced May 8 to 10 hours of community service, a $500 charitable donation to the Resource Center of Eagle County and a victim impact panel or Mother’s Against Drunk Driving. She must also complete an Alive at 25 course designed to prevent fatalities, collisions and violations, according to the program’s Web site.The parents of Estrada – Alfonso Estrada Hernandez and Maria Serrato de Estrada of Zacatecas, Mexico – filed a lawsuit in Eagle County District Court claiming Moore was negligent in the crash. The parents are seeking compensation for non-economic and economic damages.Frisco-based Colorado Motor Parts, which owns the Avon NAPA Auto Parts store Moore worked for, is also listed as a defendant in the lawsuit.Maria Estrada’s family remember her as being lighthearted.”She was always telling us jokes,” her brother Alfonso said shortly after her death. “She could remember all of them.”At the time, Maria Estrada worked at the Avon Wal-Mart McDonald’s. She graduated in December from a college in Mexico and planned to return south of the border to study business communications, likely in the fall.Staff Writer J.K. Perry can be reached at 748-2928, or firstname.lastname@example.org.