GOLDEN, Colo. — Nearly a year ago, David Bunn began drinking before going on a date.
He was so drunk that several people decided not to ride with him and told him not to drive. Bunn continued on his date, but just 14 minutes into the date he became so abusive and loud, his date walked away.
Mad and distraught, he continued drinking and got behind the wheel with a blood alcohol level of .258. While behind the wheel and mad at the jilted date, he began texting and driving in heavy Friday night traffic on Wadsworth Boulevard.
Police said he was speeding when he crossed the center line and struck a car with Lyneah Dike and Lyndsey Petrie inside.
Dike was killed and Petrie woke up with her friend lying on top of her, her legs shattered and broken. Petrie needed eight operations to even get her legs back together.
On Thursday in Jefferson County District Court, with more than 50 family members and friends packing the courtroom, the judge gave Bunn six years for vehicular homicide, 12 years for vehicular assault and 28 years for first-degree assault in a crime of violence.
The sentences will be served concurrently and Bunn would be on parole for five years if and when he gets out of prison.
The families of both women were split on the sentence, with Petrie’s parents saying, “If it teaches someone not to get behind the wheel drunk, then the injuries and death will serve some sort of purpose.”
“She was my only daughter, I can’t have another one, she was my life, my shining light of hope and now she is gone,” said Christina Martell, Dike’s mother. “His family will be able to see him in jail. I won’t see my daughter until we meet again.”
This was not a win for anyone, but with a blood alcohol level of .258, Judge Todd Vriesman countered defense arguments that Bunn was just drinking socially the fatal night, saying, “His drinking was reckless and indifferent to the lives of anyone else who was driving near him.”
As people left the courtroom, most feel like justice was served — even if it wasn’t fair.