Wednesday, August 20, 2003
Steamboat Springs A trial date has been set for a 20-year-old Eagle County man charged with vehicular homicide.
Luke Ross Gray also faces charges of underage drinking, drunken driving and careless driving for his involvement in a June 29 accident that killed Andrew Hernandez, 24, of Gypsum.
At a status hearing held Wednesday, Routt County Judge James Garrecht waived a preliminary hearing at the request of Gray's attorney, William Schurman, and bounded the case over to District Court with a trial date set for Dec. 1. Garrecht also reduced Gray's bond from $20,000 to $5,000.
At a July 22 hearing, Gray requested the court grant him a personal recognizance bond or bond reduction. Schurman asked that the case be scheduled for a status hearing in which the bond matter could be discussed.
Schurman had said the bond request was based on Gray's character, background, lack of any criminal or traffic record and his ties to Colorado.
Court files show that Gray is a six-time Colorado State High School Rodeo Champion, a member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, has no prior criminal or traffic record and is a fifth-generation Coloradoan.
Gary was charged with vehicular homicide for allegedly driving a 1993 Dodge pickup truck off the road eight miles northwest of Toponas on June 29. Hernandez died after being ejected from the truck.
Gray's vehicle was reportedly traveling northbound along a private dirt road on the Bardin Ranch north of Routt County Road 6 when it went off the right side of the road. The truck rolled over two times down a steep embankment and came to rest on its wheels. No one was wearing seat belts.
Hernandez, who was sitting in the center of the truck, was ejected and landed 10 feet east of the vehicle. He was pronounced dead on the scene.
Gray and another passenger, Lucas Kelly, 23, were not injured.
Gray was arrested and booked at the Routt County jail early on June 29. He was released the same day on $20,00 bond.