A drunk driver who hit and killed an Aurora lady in 2018 has been sentenced to 14 years in jail.
Timothy Knutson, 40, of Aurora, was sentenced Wednesday for the dying of 24-year-old Jana Phillips, based on the Arapahoe County District Legal professional’s Workplace.
On Oct. 28, 2018, Phillips was strolling house on East Iliff Avenue, close to South Rifle Road, when a Jeep Patriot pushed by Knutson jumped a curb and hit her, dragging the sufferer for a brief distance. Knutson, who had been consuming at a bar, fled the scene the place Phillips died.
Knutson was arrested a short while later, not removed from the crash, on suspicion of drunk driving. Three open alcohol containers, empty containers and a marijuana joint had been discovered within the Jeep, based on a information launch. Elements from the Jeep had been left behind on the violent crash scene.
On the time of her dying, Phillips was attending school to be a dental assistant. She would have graduated in 4 months.
“My sister did nothing however good for the world. She served a objective, and he or she meant greater than
one thing left on the aspect of the road,” a sister of Phillips advised the courtroom at sentencing.
Phillips’ mom additionally addressed the courtroom.
“I act like every part is OK, and it’s not. I miss my child,” she mentioned by tears. “All I’ve left is an indication: ‘In reminiscence of Jana — Don’t drink and drive.’” The information launch from the district lawyer’s workplace didn’t determine Phillips’ mom and sister by title.
Knutson’s blood alcohol degree on the time of the crash was 0.27, based on prosecutors. The authorized blood alcohol content material for drunk driving in Colorado is 0.08. He additionally had THC in his blood system and the drug Kratom, an unlawful substance that may induce hallucination and seizure.
“He wasn’t merely drunk however terribly drunk. He wasn’t merely excessive however terribly
excessive,” Deputy District Legal professional Meghan Gallo advised the courtroom. “She was run down like roadkill.”
On March 12, Knutson pleaded responsible to vehicular murder DUI and leaving the scene of a crash involving dying, each felonies. Arapahoe County District Court docket Choose Darren Vahle sentenced Knutson to 10 years for vehicular murder and 4 years, to be served consecutive, for leaving the scene.
“Jana’s household and associates are eternally disadvantaged of her presence of their lives,” mentioned District Legal professional John Kellner, within the launch. “We’ll by no means know what nice issues she may need carried out on the earth. She deserved to dwell, and this defendant deserves to be in jail for the selections he made. That’s the applicable consequence for his egocentric actions.”