Rollover suspect arrested

Charges include negligent homicide, leaving the scene

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— 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.

Comments

luvthmntns 7 years, 2 months ago

What a surprise. This man has a history of "walking away" from the scene of accidents he is involved in.

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Ms_E_Bronte 7 years, 2 months ago

Is this the same man who, outside of Yampa, left a young woman laying in the road after an accident?

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id04sp 7 years, 2 months ago

Yeah, let's have a trial in the new injustice center so he can't plead it down to double parking.

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Doug Matthews 7 years, 2 months ago

Scott, Scott, Scott... running away is much worse than just staying there, helping, and taking the probable DUI that you would have ended up with...

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JQPUBLIC 7 years, 2 months ago

Ms_E_Bronte... I believe that was another man he left.

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hs80487 7 years, 2 months ago

Yes, this man did leave a man laying on the side of the road after an accident a couple of years ago & never reported it or tried to help. That man almost died twice in the ambulance on the way to the hospital. Too bad charges were never filed in that case. The injured man was a direct relative of mine and it was pretty sad to see Scotty get away with it then. Let's hope & pray that he faces the maximum penalties for what he's done this time around. It's a real shame that someone had to pay with their life for Scotty's selfishness.

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workerbee 7 years, 2 months ago

Wasn't he also the one who was with the woman who "drowned" up at Chapman earlier this year? And supposedly only her head was wet, not her clothes. How many times is this guy going to get away with this?

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hs80487 7 years, 2 months ago

I've only heard about the Chapman incident through people "talking" so I'm not sure what is fact or rumor. All I know is Scotty has no regard for human life. All he had to do was help that man. Instead the poor guy died under a vehicle in the night by himself. I feel sorry for that man's family & I hope they get their justice.

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id04sp 7 years, 2 months ago

Court dockets can be examined at the following link:

http://www.courts.state.co.us/district/14th/dist14.htm

I took a quick look and didn't see his name.

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tiredofscotty 7 years, 2 months ago

how many DUI's can one person get before this happens? He has had several and nothing happens. It's no ones fault but scott's he needs to be a man stand up and pay for what he has done. You can't run and hide this time scotty

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