Sep. 21—The dump truck driver accused of inflicting a crash that killed a 17-year-old final 12 months west of Longmont had his trial pushed again to 2022.
Sean Daniel Souders, 54, pleaded not responsible in June to vehicular murder, felony mischief inflicting $100,000 to $1 million in harm, third-degree assault and two counts of reckless driving.
Souders had been set for a trial beginning Nov. 8, however that trial date was canceled, in line with on-line court docket information. He’s now set for a seven-day trial beginning Jan. 18.
Souders stays in custody on the Boulder County Jail.
Colorado State Patrol investigators say Souders was driving a white Kenworth T60 dump truck that officers say first crashed right into a convertible on July 24 within the 9800 block of North 51st Avenue, after which crashed right into a home close to the intersection of North 51st Avenue and Nelson Highway.
The motive force of the convertible, Kelsey Skokan, 17, of Longmont, died on account of the crash. Souders and and his 21-year-old passenger had been taken to a hospital with critical accidents. A 22-year-old passenger within the convertible, recognized by household as Ian Fleming, suffered reasonable accidents.
The house the truck crashed into additionally belonged to the Skokan household, and the harm was estimated at greater than $100,000.
Souders instructed Colorado State Patrol troopers his steering went out as he was navigating the suitable hand curvature within the roadway, however the passenger within the dump truck instructed investigators Souders was touring too quick and misplaced management, in line with an arrest affidavit.
Tire marks on the scene confirmed the dump truck crossed the middle line and in addition indicated the dump truck was turning earlier than the crash however not sufficient to remain within the lane.
A crash reconstruction decided Souders was touring at a minimal velocity of 51.32 mph, the affidavit states, in a 35-mph zone.
Investigators inspected the dump truck and said it was in correct mechanical situation with no observable malfunctions, in line with an affidavit.