West Routt Fire Protection District firefighters Nick, left, and Wayne Deluca check out the scene where a Ford Expedition crashed into Hayden Middle School on Tuesday afternoon. Investigators are asking anyone who witnessed the incidents to contact Sgt. Scott Elliott with the Colorado State Patrol at 970-879-0059 or police officer Jarrod Poley with the Hayden Police Department at 970-276-3232.

Photo by John F. Russell

West Routt Fire Protection District firefighters Nick, left, and Wayne Deluca check out the scene where a Ford Expedition crashed into Hayden Middle School on Tuesday afternoon. Investigators are asking anyone who witnessed the incidents to contact Sgt. Scott Elliott with the Colorado State Patrol at 970-879-0059 or police officer Jarrod Poley with the Hayden Police Department at 970-276-3232.

Driver who crashed into Hayden school identified

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West Routt Fire Protection District firefighters Nick, left, and Wayne Deluca check out the scene where a Ford Expedition crashed into Hayden Middle School on Tuesday afternoon. Investigators are asking anyone who witnessed the incidents to contact Sgt. Scott Elliott with the Colorado State Patrol at 970-879-0059 or police officer Jarrod Poley with the Hayden Police Department at 970-276-3232.

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A Ford Expedition sits inside a classroom at Hayden Middle School on Tuesday afternoon after it hit several cars and then crashed through the brick wall. Investigators are asking anyone who witnessed the incidents to contact Sgt. Scott Elliott with the Colorado State Patrol at 970-879-0059 or police officer Jarrod Poley with the Hayden Police Department at 970-276-3232.

— Dented pickups, bent street signs and vehicle parts lined Jefferson Avenue in downtown Hayden on Tuesday night as a large crowd gathered near the parking lot of Hayden Middle School.

In the center of the chaos was a 1998 Ford Expedition buried in one of the school’s empty classrooms. The brick wall and window that made up the outside wall of the room were gone, and the blinds covering the window partially blocked the view of the white SUV that was inside the classroom.

According to a crash report issued by Colorado State Patrol Sgt. Scott Elliott, who declined to comment on a possible cause of the accident, the incident began at about 4:55 p.m. when the driver of the vehicle, 26-year-old Richard Bomar Jr., of Hayden, was driving west on U.S. Highway 40 (Jefferson Avenue) at Chestnut Street when he rear-ended a 2012 Chevrolet 1500 pickup driven by 39-year-old Carl Bell, of Craig.

Bell was traveling less than the speed limit at the time because of slower traffic in front of him. After crashing into the back of Bell’s Chevy, Bomar continued west and rear-ended a 2002 Dodge Ram 2500, which was slowing and preparing to turn left at Poplar Street.

After striking the Dodge, which was driven by 46-year-old Darrin Dunkley, of Hayden, Bomar continued west and drove onto the sidewalk on the right side of U.S. 40 before striking a sign, a light pole and a planter. The Expedition then crossed Poplar Street where it struck another sign and entered a parking lot of a business where it struck a 1995 Dodge Ram 3500, which was pushed into a parked 2002 Ford 150. Neither of the vehicles was occupied at the time.

The Expedition then veered to the left, crossing all lanes of U.S. 40 and running through a fence and into a parked utility trailer. Debris from the collision struck and damaged another trailer adjacent to the first. The Expedition continued through the parking lot, striking another sign, shrubs and then finally running into the school where it ended up inside a classroom.

Hayden Superintendent Mike Luppes said structural engineers and an asbestos mitigation company would be at the middle school within the next couple of days to examine the damage.

Luppes said he expects crews might have to address some asbestos issues in the dated building, and although he doesn’t think the incident caused any major structural damage, he wants to make sure before students and staff return for the school year. Teachers are scheduled to start Aug. 26, and students will return Sept. 3.

Luppes said the cost of the damage is unknown, but he was hopeful repairs would be completed by the time school starts. If that’s not the case, he said, the school simply would make a few adjustments and work around the construction.

“There is really only one classroom that was impacted,” Luppes said. “We may have to move a few things around, but that’s no big deal.”

Bomar was able to walk away from the accident, according to the State Patrol. There were no injuries to any of the drivers, and there was no one in the classroom at the time of the crash.

Bomar was issued a summons for careless driving. He was not arrested, and District Attorney Brett Barkey said he would await the accident report from the State Patrol before pursuing charges.

A message left for Bomar was not returned.

State Patrol was assisted in its investigation by officers from the Hayden Police Department and the Routt County Sheriff’s Office as well as the 14th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, the West Routt Fire Protection District and the Hayden School District.

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Comments

Kerrie Cooper 1 year, 3 months ago

How bizarre this guy destroys multiple (5) vehicles and a school from huffing while driving, yet does not go to jail??????????????????

If this doesn't look bad towards the police dept &/or CSP I don't know what does. And to make matters worse, all he was charged with was careless driving with a history of domestic violence. If this doesn't represent a broken & corrupt society I don't know what does.

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Scott Wedel 1 year, 3 months ago

Investigation has just started. If he is going to be charged with something serious then they some evidence of intent or that vehicle wasn't defective. In theory, he could have had some sort of seizure.

I expect soon enough they'll figure out what happened and he'll get a list of charges. .

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Pat West 1 year, 3 months ago

Huffing.. Where is that in the story? His record for domestic violence is not evidence of other crimes, and also is not in this article.

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rhys jones 1 year, 3 months ago

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rhys jones 1 year, 3 months ago

William Shatner.

Kerry himself makes a rare cameo appearance, when George vacations with Suzanne in the Azores, and the prosecution is in trouble, as the Ex-Pub himself is back in town and action.

In our pilot episode, the Pot Lady has shot up a dispensary, killing five and wounding twenty, with her AK-47 on full-auto, and Constitunality issues have arisen, whether the tracers were military, and thus this is a Federal issue. I can't give away the surprise ending.

Every episode has an alternate ending, for when the appeal goes through.

And my murder is never solved, as nobody saw nuthin, they were all "in conference" at the time of the deed.

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rhys jones 1 year, 3 months ago

I guess I CAN tease you with the car chase, which goes smack through Hayden, causing carnage rivaling South Park, death and destruction... Barney -- er, Don, arrives within minutes, providing legal triage to those most offended, as Al Albert narrates the thrilling play-by-play. The Commander shows up to take charge, and that's when all mayhem breaks loose. (Guess who's driving the getaway car.)

I really think we've got a winner here.

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Kerrie Cooper 1 year, 3 months ago

Unfortunately the huffing part is not in the story. That was told to me personally by family members of his. Secondly, his name is Richard and the fact the man wasn't thrown into jail after this mayhem is inexcusable with his history of drug abuse. What if his young son Logan was in the car or he killed someone else's son in one of the many cars he hit? NOT to mention the school?????

If he ends up killing someone after this event both the police & DA need to go to jail for total negligence and breach of duty. End of story.

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Pat West 1 year, 3 months ago

If, If,If. If we were arrested on the If's we may be guilty of, all of us would be locked up. Slandering his name with hearsay accusations in the forum with personal information is unethical, and could be illegal. If the police didn't do their job, and evidence of a crime was present and the driver wasnt charged then that an actional "If", but your beef is with the police, not the driver.

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David Moore 1 year, 3 months ago

I have to agree, why was this person not thrown in jail? If it were anyone of us, we would have been. There is more to this story that is not being told, or, this is a person with connections. Thankfully this did not happen when school was in session, it could have had a much worse outcome. Smells.....

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Scott Wedel 1 year, 3 months ago

No one was hurt and apparently no evidence of intent to hurt anyone.

So he would be charged with a bunch of property damage incidents. Not exactly the sort of stuff that requires being held without bail.

If he had a child in the car then that would have resulted in more serious charges. If someone else had been hurt in any of the collisions then he would be facing years in prison. But the facts are that he only caused property damage.

If you are going to make allegations of corruption then please present more evidence than not understanding why things happened.

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