A Delta-area man who earlier this year pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide-reckless driving was on Tuesday sentenced to three years in the Department of Corrections.
Gerardo Grejada’s driving on Colorado 65 in 2016 killed his passenger and uncle, Leonardo Grajeda-Salazar.
“This loss affected the victim, Mr. Grajeda-Salazar’s, immediate and extended family,” District Attorney Dan Hotsenpiller said in a press release announcing the sentence. “This death is even more tragic, as it involved two members of the same family, which resulted in the death of Mr. Grajeda-Salazar.”
Gerardo Grajeda lost control of his 1996 GMC Yukon while traveling on Colorado 65, June 5, 2016. The vehicle rolled one and a half times down a steep, treed and rocky embankment.
Grejada did not remain on scene after the crash, according to the DA; instead, another person en route to work picked him up and then called 911.
Law enforcement officials found alcohol and marijuana containers at the scene, the DA also said, and Grajeda declined to provide a statement, or cooperate with the investigation.
DNA at the crash scene was later matched back to him.
The DA in the press release thanked the multiple agencies, experts, prosecution team and victim services, as well as acknowledged the case-management work of the court and probation department.
The news release particularly highlights the lengthy, three-year investigation undertaken by Colorado State Patrol Troopers Matt Lubbes, Donald “Evan” Hilling and Jordan Horan.
“This office will continue to prosecute and investigation allegations of criminal activity, in support of our strong communities and in our endeavor to provide the highest quality legal services for all citizens in the 7th Judicial District,” Hotsenpiller said.
In addition to the three years imposed for vehicular homicide, Grajeda was sentenced to a concurrent, six-month jail term for violating a protection order.