Fatal accident yields probation

Anthony Woods

A man who allegedly backed his Jeep over his infant granddaughter, who later died from her injuries, was sentenced Wednesday to serve one year of probation.

Anthony L. Woods, 51, of Grand Junction, was ordered to complete 24 hours of public service, undergo an alcohol evaluation, follow through with the evaluation’s recommendations and pay fines totalling $554, under a plea agreement formalized in front of County Court Judge Gretchen Larson.

Woods also was given a suspended jail term of 30 days.

He pleaded guilty Wednesday to a misdemeanor count of driving while ability impaired.

District Attorney Pete Hautzinger in April 2009 declined to charge Woods with vehicular homicide, saying at the time he couldn’t prove Woods’ actions were the “proximate cause” of the death of Paytonn Garlick, 11 months.

The infant died several days after the March 14, 2009, accident in Woods’ garage on Orchard Mesa.

An arrest affidavit said Woods consumed four to six beers over the span of two to three hours, while he was working on the transmission of his 1982 Jeep Cherokee Laredo.

After Woods backed the Jeep out of the garage, his granddaughter was found lying on the ground, not breathing, in front of the vehicle’s passenger-side tire, the affidavit said. Woods failed a roadside sobriety test, the affidavit said.

The girl’s mother told police she had put the child down to sleep in a back room, and she didn’t hear a screen door open. She said the girl may have exited the home through that door.


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