Woman charged in crash jailed on revoked license

of vehicular homicide in death of cyclist

A Palisade woman, who was restrained from driving after allegedly causing a fatal crash involving a bicyclist in September, was arrested Monday for suspicion of driving again in violation of a court order.

Tonie Rosales, 29, was ordered Tuesday held on $3,000 bond at the Mesa County Jail following her arrest on suspicion of violation of bail-bond conditions.

Rosales, who was free on bond on charges including vehicular homicide in the Sept. 18, 2013, crash that killed 25-year-old Eunjey Cho, was pulled over Monday afternoon in the parking lot of Taylor Elementary School in Palisade for alleged failure to use a turn signal, according to an arrest affidavit. She was arrested after a routine check of her driver’s license showed it was revoked because of the September fatal crash, the affidavit said.

District Attorney Pete Hautzinger said Rosales presents a “profound public safety risk given recent history,” asking County Court Judge Gretchen Larson to set a $10,000 cash-only bond. A man who identified himself to the judge as Rosales’ fiance said Rosales acted because of a family emergency and was driving to pick up children from school.

The judge ultimately cited a lack of evidence from Monday that Rosales was intoxicated in giving the lower bond.

“No driving means exactly that,” Larson told Rosales.

Prosecutors have alleged Rosales used cocaine for two days when she drove Sept. 18 to a court appearance in Delta and slammed into Cho’s bicycle, which was on the shoulder of U.S. Highway 50.

Rosales told an arresting Colorado State Patrol trooper she was running late for a hearing in Delta, which was related to her arrest June 6, 2013, by the Delta County Sheriff’s Department on suspicion of DUI, failure to drive in a single lane and possession of a Schedule 4 controlled substance.


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