No crime in stunt that killed Greeley teen
GREELEY ” No charges will be filed against the driver of a car in a stunt gone bad that left one teenager dead, Weld County prosecutor said Thursday.
David Griego, 18, drowned July 6 after a car he was a passenger in flew 40 feet into a water-filled gravel pit. Griego and Darren Bucklen, 19, survived the impact and made it out of the sinking car, but Griego had trouble swimming and went under in 25 feet of water.
Authorities said the two teenagers drove the car, which they had altered by cutting off the roof, over a ramp about 3-feet high that they had built at the edge of the gravel pit.
“In this case, both men voluntarily participated in the stunt of driving the car into the pond, as well as participated in altering the car for the sole purpose of the stunt,” the Weld County District Attorney’s office said in a statement. The office could not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the stunt itself was the cause of Griego’s death.
An autopsy determined that Griego suffered a neck injury that may have hampered the teen’s ability to swim. Medical examiners could not determine when Griego suffered his injury.