Driver guilty of causing crash while reaching for Pop-Tart

WELD COUNTY, Colo. — More than a year after a traffic crash claimed the life of a Berthoud man, a Weld County jury has found  25-year-old Laramie, Wyo., resident Abel Carv, guilty of careless driving resulting in death.

The verdict was delivered Friday afternoon after a three-day jury trial.

The crash happened on Aug. 4, 2015 around 5:30 a.m. on Interstate 25 in southern Weld County, near Mead.

According to court documents, Abel Carv was driving southbound when he reached down to the floorboard to pick up a Pop-Tart wrapper and veered off the road into the median.

Carv then attempted a U-turn and collided with a motorcycle, driven by Kevin Hastings, 54, who later died at a local hospital.

“This is a clear-cut case of careless driving,” Weld County Deputy District Attorney Chris Ponce said. “Mr. Carv embarked from Wyoming on two hours of sleep: careless. He hit the rumble strips multiples times within just a couple of miles: careless.

“He then told police he went off the road after reaching down for a Pop-Tart … a Pop-Tart. He then made a U-turn on a busy interstate during the early-morning hours. His careless actions cost Mr. Hastings’ life.”

The charge carries up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine.

“This is a clearly a tragedy for all families involved,” Weld County District Attorney Michael Rourke said. “But this unfortunate accident should serve as a reminder: Don’t get behind the wheel of a car if you’re not in the mindset to be in control of your actions. This one mistake took Mr. Hastings’ life and will leave an imprint on Mr. Carv’s forever.”

Carv’s sentencing will take place at 4 p.m. Thursday.