Driven to tragedy

Juan Prieto-Gonzalez is not the sort of driver we want roaming Colorado’s roads and highways, based on police reports of a fatal car crash near Olathe Sunday.

Prieto-Gonzalez was arrested on suspicion of vehicular homicide, multiple charges of vehicular assault, driving under the influence of alcohol and driving without insurance.

Killed in Sunday’s wreck was 7-year-old Jose Prieto, the son of Prieto-Gonzalez. Jose Prieto was riding in Juan Prieto-Gonzalez’s car when he was killed.

Three people riding in a Suburban that struck Prieto-Gonzalez’s car after he allegedly ran a stop sign were taken to St. Mary’s Hospital with serious injuries.

All this would be terrible enough. But according to law enforcement authorities, Prieto-
Gonzalez has a history of alcohol-related driving infractions dating back to when he was a teenager.

He racked up five drunken-driving violations and numerous other traffic infractions in Delta and Montrose counties from 1994 through 1996, according information from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.

Also on his record are a prison sentence for fraud from 1997 and two misdemeanor domestic violence charges obtained in Aurora in 2005, the CBI said.

Now, his actions have allegedly cost one life — the life of someone very close to him.

If Prieto-Gonzalez is found guilty of vehicular homicide and other potential charges against him, he deserves to go to prison for a long time, and thereby be kept from menacing others on Colorado roadways.


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