Mo­torist, 25, charged with homi­cide, DUI

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Tom McGhee

A 25-year-old man sus­pected of driv­ing the wrong way into a head-on col­li­sion that killed a teen on In­ter­state 25 near Erie was charged with ve­hic­u­lar homi­cide and driv­ing drunk on Wed­nes­day, ac­cord­ing to the Weld County dis­trict at­tor­ney’s of­fice.

Alex Pablo Ro­driguez on Nov. 24 was be­hind the wheel of a gray Jeep head­ing south in the north­bound lanes on Thanks­giv­ing when he ran into a ve­hi­cle oc­cu­pied by Nash Rider, 16, and Kyle Nackos, 19. Nackos was killed, and Rider was hos­pi­tal­ized with se­ri­ous in­juries.

Ac­cord­ing to an ar­rest af­fi­davit, at about 2:54 a.m., mul­ti­ple peo­ple called dis­patch to re­port a Jeep driv­ing the wrong way near mile marker 240.

“A Weld County deputy was at­tempt­ing to get the driver’s at­ten­tion with emer­gency lights,” ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit. A few min­utes later the Jeep ran into Rider’s ve­hi­cle.

A Da­cono po­lice of­fi­cer ar­rived to find Ro­driguez stand­ing be­side the pas­sen­ger door.

A state trooper who re­sponded said Ro­driguez “had a strong odor of al­co­hol.”

Ro­driguez was taken to the hos­pi­tal for mi­nor in­juries and was booked in the Weld County jail, where he re­mains on $100,000 bail.

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