Arvada man pleads guilty to fatal DUI crash

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WESTMINSTER, Colo. — A 23-year-old Arvada man pleaded guilty Monday to causing a DUI crash that killed another man and badly injured his wife.

Zachary Snyder of Arvada pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide, vehicular assault and DUI, the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office said. Snyder could face up to 18 years in prison.

On Oct. 13, 2012, Snyder spent hours drinking at a bar at 92nd and Wadsworth in Westminster, police reported. At the intersection of 92nd and Wadsworth, Snyder failed to yield the right of way and turned left in front of the car driven by Karin Mortensen.

Moternsen was badly hurt, while her husband, 65-year-old Kenneth Mortensen, died.

Investigators found Snyder did not have his headlights on at the time of the crash. A blood draw showed he had a BAC of .304, almost four times the legal limit.

“This is a tragedy for the Mortensen family and the community,” said DA Pete Weir. “However, there is light in the midst of the sadness demonstrated by the selfless effort of witnesses at the scene who ran in to assist the Mortensens. An off-duty medic and a minister, aided by others, attempted to stabilize them both and perform CPR on Kenneth until paramedics arrived.”


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