Distracted driver who hit, killed 2 pedestrians sentenced

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DENVER — A Loveland man who hit three people and killed two while he was driving and talking on his cell phone has been sentenced to two years probation.

Michael J. Grennan’s sentence also includes 300 hours of community service.

Grennan, 34, pleaded guilty to two counts of careless driving resulting in death, one count of careless driving resulting in injury and a charge of having no insurance, said Sue Lindsay of the Adams and Broomfield District Attorney’s Office.

The crash happened on March 31, 2012 when Grennan was driving a Toyota pickup in the 3500 block of East 168th Avenue along a paved rural road that is the border between Weld and Adams counties.

“He was fumbling with his phone,” Lindsay said “when the pickup drifted onto the dirt shoulder and hit the three pedestrians, who were walking single file along the road.”

Seth Lewis, 22, and Stephen Dabney, 33, were killed. Jarren Lewis, 14, was injured.

Lewis appeared in court Thursday and said he wished the best for Grennan and said he doesn’t deserve jail time.

Adams County Judge Dianna Roybal said she was impressed by the forgiveness the families of the victims expressed. She said she would have imposed the maximum one-year jail sentence for each of the victims if family members had asked her to do so.

“This was a very sad case and our sympathies are with the families of the victims,” said 17th Judicial District Attorney Dave Young. “Two people are dead and another was injured because the driver was using his cell phone. This case is a perfect of example of the dangers of driving while distracted. Don’t use your cell phone or any other device while driving. Focus on what you are doing.”

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