3 counts filed against man in fatal crash

Prosecutors on Tuesday leveled three felony charges, among other counts, against a Grand Junction man suspected of causing a fatal accident last week on F Road.

Henry David Stoltman, 28, was formally charged with two counts of vehicular homicide and a count of second-degree assault by use of a deadly weapon. Deputy District Attorney Todd Hildebrandt said the vehicular-homicide charges were filed under separate theories: that Stoltman was driving under the influence of alcohol and drove recklessly.

The second-degree assault charge carries a mandatory minimum of five years in prison if convicted. Prosecutors also lodged a series of lesser counts, including DUI and driving with no proof of insurance.

Stoltman was arrested Aug. 2 as the suspected driver of a 1986 Dodge pickup that slammed into 2005 Nissan Sentra driven by 20-year-old Rebekah Joy King.

King was turning left from Placer Street onto F Road around 9:30 p.m. when her vehicle was struck by Stoltman’s pickup, which didn’t have its headlights on. A Colorado State Patrol trooper saw the pickup operating without its headlights illuminated, and the trooper attempted to initiate a traffic stop shortly before the crash, according to an arrest affidavit.

Stoltman admitted he had consumed 4 1/2 beers roughly a half hour before the crash, while troopers observed a vodka bottle on the passenger’s side floor of the pickup, the affidavit alleged.

Stoltman is scheduled to return to court Sept. 7.


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