48 years in prison for DUI driver in fatal crash

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Zacharia Dobler. April 11, 2012.

Zacharia Dobler. April 11, 2012.

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GOLDEN, Colo. – A Lakewood man was sentenced to 48 years in prison Wednesday after pleading guilty in a drunk driving hit-and-run crash that killed a tow truck driver last summer.

Zachariah Dobler, 28, pleaded guilty in February to one count of vehicular homicide and one count of leaving the scene of an accident involving death.

Authorities say Dobler was driving drunk in a Nissan Rogue when he struck Alan Dilley, 41, who was in the process of hooking up a vehicle for towing -coincidentally- at a DUI crash scene near the intersection of 58th and Wadsworth Blvd. on July 31, 2011.

Alan Dilley, daughter
Alan Dilley, daughter

Dobler was arrested a few blocks away. Dilley was transported to a local hospital and pronounced dead.

In a rambling hand-written letter to the judge, Dobler pleaded for leniency citing his battle with “male stress syndrome,” and alcohol abuse.

“Obviously, when I drink I’m not responsible and can’t make the right decissions(sic),” Dobler wrote. “There fore(sic) I do not need to drink and will never have to worry about being in trouble again.”

Read Dobler’s note & sentencing memorandum

“I wish there was a way to go back and fix my wrongs. But there isn’t. All I can do is learn from them and never make the same mistake again.”

Dobler also says he attempted suicide prior to his arrest.

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