No felony for driver in fatal crash
The alleged at-fault driver in a fatal crash on South Parker Road will not be charged with a felony.
Investigators for the Colorado State Patrol decided to move forward with the original misdemeanor charges filed against Jason Lee Jones, 27, of Elizabeth. Jones was driving a Ford F-350 that struck a Cadillac sport utility vehicle driven by Vicki Boyer, a 59-year-old Parker resident who died five days after the Oct. 25 crash at South Parker Road and North Pinery Parkway. Boyer was stopped at a red light when the accident occurred.
Trooper Dan Musgrave, who oversaw the accident reconstruction, said Jones faces one count of careless driving causing death, a class 1 misdemeanor that could carry a sentence of up to 18 months in jail. He also faces one count of careless driving causing injury because of injuries to an 18-year-old passenger who was riding with Jones, and two counts of driving without a seatbelt. Musgrave recommended the charges to the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s office late last month.
When asked what factors led to the deadly crash, Musgrave said there was nothing apparent and that Jones was “likely just distracted.”
“He was not on the phone at the time,” he said. “We’ve ruled that out.”
Jones was traveling slightly above the posted 55 mph speed limit and reportedly did not apply the brakes before striking Boyer’s vehicle. The circumstances, however, do not indicate recklessness or warrant a felony charge, Musgrave said. Drugs or alcohol are not suspected as factors.
One of Boyer’s friends, who declined to be identified, was surprised by the lack of serious charges against Jones.
“He should be held accountable for his actions that day,” the friend said.
Hundreds attended a “celebration of life” service for Boyer at the Parker Arts, Culture and Events Center Dec. 1. Boyer was an active member at the Pinery Country Club and had a large circle of friends.