BROOMFIELD, Colo. — For the first time in state history a driver accused of being stoned behind the wheel faces vehicular homicide charges.
The suspect is just 16 years old.
Police say the teen had been smoking with friends before driving on November 3, 2014.
After just one-half block, investigators say he hit and killed Chad Britton, a Broomfield High School student who was getting his lunch.
After the crash, all four people in the car took off running.
“It takes all your faculties to operate a motor vehicle, so when you have cell phone use, extra people in the car distracting you, and alleged drug use, obviously it becomes very difficult to operate a motor vehicle within the confines of the law,” Britton family attorney Charles Mauro said.
An evidence hearing held Tuesday means the case will likely go to trial. Arraignment for the suspect is set for early April.