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The crash that took place during the wee hours of August 15 on Titan Road near Rampart Range Road, an area captured in the graphic above (if you have problems seeing the image, click "View Larger Map"), certainly qualifies as a tragic accident. But according to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, it was also a crime. Dominick Wilmer, 26, has been charged with two counts of vehicular homicide in the incident, which took the lives of Jonathan Richardson, 26, and Grace Cruthers, 29. Yes, Wilmer was allegedly driving while intoxicated.
Look below for three DCSO releases on the subject, arranged in chronological order.
On 08/15/09 at approximately 215am, Sheriff's deputies were called to a crash on Titan Rd near Rampart Range Rd. It was determined that a male and a female were killed at the scene of the accident. A third person was transported to Littleton Hospital with unknown injuries.
UPDATED INFORMATION 0817/09
The Douglas County Coroner has identified the two people that were killed in the traffic crash that occurred on the morning of 08/15/09 as:
Jonathan Richardson, age 26 of Arvada and Grace Cruthers, age 29 of Glendale.
The cause of death is pending the completion of the autopsies.
The identification of the third person in the crash is still not being released at this time. His condition is unknown.
The cause of the crash is still under investigation but preliminarily Traffic Investigators believe that speed, alcohol and drugs may have been a factor.
UPDATED INFORMATION 08/21/09
Through the investigation it was determined that the third person involved in the crash, Dominick Wilmer, age 26, from Aurora was the driver of the vehicle that night.
Wilmer was taken into custody on today at around 1:30 pm at a location in Broomfield and was transported to the Douglas County Detention Facility where he was booked in on; 2 counts of Vehicular Homicide/DUI/DUID CF3, 2 counts of Vehicular Homicide/Reckless C4F, Driving While Intoxicated, Reckless Driving, possession of 1 oz or less or marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Wilmer's bond is $100,000.
The Douglas County Coroner's Office states that the cause of death for both Richardson and Cruthers was due to head and internal injuries as the result of the motor vehicle crash.