Careless-driving charge brought in June car-surfing death

The 19-year-old driver involved in the June car-surfing death of Grand Junction teen Brandon Lovett has been charged with careless driving resulting in death, a misdemeanor, according to police.

Investigators believe that Selena Lobato was driving at 36 or 37 mph near the police gun range on 26 3/8 Road on June 13 when Lovett, who was riding on the back, fell off and was injured, according to Grand Junction police spokeswoman Heidi Davidson.

Lovett, who was 19, was taken to the hospital and died of his injuries.

Davidson said car surfing is dangerous for everybody involved.

“The consequences of this are pretty staggering. You think it’s a prank, and not only did this young man lose his life, but you’ve got a woman …facing some severe consequences,” Davidson said.

“Careless driving resulting in death is not an insignificant charge.

“You are responsible for everything that happens when you are a driver for your entire car and the passengers.”

Davidson said she did not know why Grand Junction officers waited so long before issuing the summons, but said that the time it takes to get a toxicology report and high caseloads might be factors.

Lobato is due to appear in court Nov. 21.


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