Hot Sulphur Springs, Colorado – Today, Brandon Wilson entered a quilty plea to Reckless Vehicular Homicide, a class 4 felony and Driving under the Influence, in Grand County District Court. District Judge Mary Hoak sentenced the defendant to 5 years in the department of corrections. The crash occurred on August 12th 2017 on US HWY 9 at mile marker 128. Mr. Wilson was driving a SUV with four passengers in his vehicle. Mr. Wilson pulled onto the right shoulder on HWY 9 and attempted to make a U-Turn across both lanes of traffic. A truck pulling a horse trailer, lawfully traveling on HWY 9 collided with Mr. Wilson’s vehicle. A rear passenger in Mr. Wilson’s vehicle was killed in the crash.
District Attorney Brett Barkey stated “This plea and sentence brings closure to the numerous victims of this case. Mr. Wilson’s reckless actions lead to the death of his good friend and passenger, a consequence he will have to live with for the rest of his life. This plea and sentence strikes an appropriate balance between respecting victim wishes and ensuring community safety.”
The investigation was conducted by the Colorado State Patrol with assistance from the Grand County Coroner, Emergency Medical Services and local law enforcement. The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Kathryn Dowdell and Assistant District Attorney Matt Karzen.