Driver charged in fatal accident
June 14, 2005
The driver of a car involved in a fatal accident last week was charged officially Tuesday in Grand County Court.
Dan Robbins, 30, of Phoenix, Ariz., was charged with manslaughter, vehicular homicide and reckless driving, all felonies, Grand County District Attorney Dan Edwards said.
Robbins was driving a 2004 Dodge Viper north on Colorado Highway 9 near Green Mountain Reservoir on Friday when he apparently lost control of the vehicle and collided with a guardrail. Robbins’ passenger, Jeffery Dan Harris, 22, of Clark, later died of injuries sustained in the crash.
A press release from the Colorado State Patrol stated that Robbins was traveling much faster than the posted 65 mph speed limit. Alcohol is not suspected to be a factor in the accident. The accident happened at 7:50 a.m. at milepost 128, several miles north of Green Mountain Reservoir.
Harris was flown by helicopter from the crash site to St. Anthony’s Central Hospital in Denver where he later died of injuries, the State Patrol reported.
Robbins suffered minor injuries and was arrested at the scene of the accident. Robbins was released from the Grand County Jail on Friday on $25,000 bond, Grand County Undersheriff Walt Eldridge said.
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If convicted, Robbins could face two to six years in prison, Edwards said. He does not think Robbins would receive consecutive sentences for the charges.
Robbins appeared in Grand County Court without legal representation Tuesday but will acquire counsel for his next hearing at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Edwards said.
Edwards said that manslaughter is a more severe charge than vehicular homicide, though they are both similar because they require reckless conduct.
Neither the Colorado State trooper who is investigating the accident nor Harris’ family could be reached for comment.