Eagle County man seeks lower bond

Luke Ross Gray's hearing set for Aug. 20

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A 20-year-old Eagle County man accused of vehicular homicide while driving under the influence of alcohol appeared in court Tuesday to request a bond reduction.

Luke Ross Gray requested that the court grant him a personal recognizance bond or otherwise reduce his bond, which is currently set at $20,000. Gray is charged with vehicular homicide, DUI, minor in possession and consumption of alcohol and careless driving.

At Tuesday's hearing, Gray's attorney, William Schurman, said the personal recognizance or bond reduction request was based on Gray's character, background, lack of any criminal or traffic record and his ties to Colorado.

Gray is a six-time Colorado State High School champion rodeo rider. He has a permit to compete on the Professional Rodeo Circuit and is a member of the Professional Cowboy Rodeo Association.

He has no criminal or traffic record.

Gary is a fifth-generation resident of Colorado, was born and raised in Colorado and lives in Eagle County with his mother and stepfather. His father lives in Mesa and is the director of mountain operations for Powderhorn Resorts.

According to police reports, Gray was the driver in a June 29 rollover accident eight miles northwest of Toponas that killed Andres Hernandez, 24, of Gypsum. Hernandez died after being ejected from the truck.

Gray and passenger Lucas Kelley, 23, were not injured. At Tuesday's hearing, Gray was ordered not to contact Kelley.

The accident occurred when Gray was driving northbound on a private dirt road on the Bardin Ranch north of Routt County Road 6. Gray reportedly drove the truck 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 a seat belt.

Hernandez, who was reportedly sitting in the center of the truck, was ejected and landed 10 feet east of the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Gray was arrested and booked at the Routt County jail on June 29. He was released the same day on $20,000 bond.

At Tuesday's hearing, Schurman asked that the case be scheduled for a status hearing and that the bond matter be heard at that time.

The judge agreed to the request and set the status hearing for Aug. 20.

-- To reach Christine Metz call 871-4229

or e-mail cmetz@steamboatpilot.com

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