Preliminary hearing set for suspect in double-fatal North Ave. accident

A judge Wednesday scheduled a preliminary hearing for the driver charged with vehicular homicide in a double-fatal accident on North Avenue in February.

Derrick Maxfield, 20, who appeared in District Judge Richard Gurley’s courtroom free on bond and flanked by friends and family, is scheduled to return to court July 6.

Preliminary hearings allow judges to determine whether there’s enough evidence for charges to move forward. Prosecutors usually present a minimal amount of evidence, and the judge determines if probable cause exists for a trial.

Maxfield is suspected of driving a Honda Civic that slammed into a pickup, killing 21-year-old Shandi Boetel and her 6-month-old daughter, Natalia Casiano, on Feb. 28. Boetel’s common-law husband, Luis Casiano, was seriously injured.

According to court records, Maxfield’s blood-alcohol level registered at 0.21 percent. Colorado’s legal limit for blood-alcohol content while driving a vehicle is 0.08 percent.

Maxfield has been charged with two counts of vehicular homicide while driving under the influence and two counts of vehicular homicide while driving recklessly, as part of a 14-count complaint.


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