Sunday, September 23, 2007
Steamboat Springs A 42-year-old Yampa man was arrested in Moffat County on Thursday on suspicion of leaving the scene of a Sept. 16 accident that killed a Mexican sheepherder.
Routt County Sheriff's Office Investigator Ken Klinger said Saturday that Colorado State Patrol troopers arrested Howard Scott Williamson after they apparently spotted Williamson driving near Maybell.
Williamson stayed in the Moffat County Jail on Thursday night before being picked up
by Routt County officials Friday.
Williamson is facing charges of criminally negligent homicide, careless driving resulting in death, failing to remain at the scene of an accident and failing to report an accident.
Williamson has been missing since Sept. 16, when the Jeep Grand Cherokee he was driving rolled down a 100-foot embankment near Forest Service Road 600 in Yampa. He is thought to have fled into the Routt National Forest. The vehicle's passenger, Quirino Valentin Aguilar, suffocated after being pinned under the car for several minutes.
Routt County Coroner Rob Ryg said Friday that the other injuries Aguilar suffered during the accident were not life-threatening. Aguilar was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident, Klinger said.
Investigator Mike Curzon obtained a warrant for Williamson's arrest Thursday.
Williamson is being held in the Routt County Jail. He likely will have an advisement in Routt County Court on Monday, where his bond will be set.