Misdemeanor charge filed in accidental death of girl
A man who backed a vehicle over his granddaughter in March will face misdemeanor charges.
Anthony L. Woods, 50, of Orchard Mesa, was formally charged during a court hearing
Thursday morning with two counts of misdemeanor drunken driving.
“Sometimes life just has horrible tragedies that are accidents, and that’s my conclusion in this case,” District Attorney Pete Hautzinger said after the hearing. “It appears the same thing could have happened even if (Woods) had been stone-cold sober.”
Paytonn Garlick, 11 months, died of head injuries two days after the March 14 incident inside a garage at 2799 Unaweep Ave.
According to an arrest affidavit, Woods drank four to six beers over two to three hours while working on the transmission of a 1982 Jeep Cherokee Laredo.
After Woods backed the vehicle out of the garage, the infant was found lying on the ground in front of the vehicle’s passenger side tires. The girl wasn’t breathing.
Candy Woods, the infant’s mother, told officers she had earlier put the child down to sleep in a back room. She told police she didn’t hear the screen door open, and the child may have exited the home out of that door.
Anthony Woods failed roadside maneuvers, the affidavit said.
Hautzinger on Thursday said Woods’ blood-alcohol content registered “in the vicinity of .1 percent,” but he declined to name a specific figure. The information isn’t listed in public records in Woods’ case.
Colorado’s legal threshold for driving under the influence of alcohol is 0.08 percent.
Toward proving vehicular homicide, prosecutors would have to show Woods’ alleged intoxication was the “proximate cause” of the girl’s death, Hautzinger said.
“I not only can’t prove it, but I don’t believe it to be the case,” he said.
Woods appeared in court Thursday free on $3,000 bond.
He was accompanied by several family members and declined comment after the hearing.