Woman sentenced to 12 years in prison for homicide-DUI

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AURORA, Colo. — An Aurora woman was sentenced to 12 years in prison Tuesday for vehicular homicide-DUI and leaving the scene of an accident in December.

Antonio Colson, 36, was struck by a black Land Rover driven by Prisma Rodriguez-Ramirez, 22, near East Colfax Avenue and Nome Street in Aurora on Dec. 30.

Colson was crossing Nome Street with his wife about 11:30 p.m. when the vehicle traveling westbound on East Colfax struck him and barely missed his wife, according to the 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

Colson died of his injuries.

Rodriguez-Ramirez sped away from the scene, but then turned off her headlights and returned to the scene.

She claimed to not know she had hit anyone, but the impact was so hard it caused Colson to fly 60 feet into the air, broke one of her headlights and crushed her car door.

She had been drinking beer and tequila shots and had a blood alcohol content of 0.172 percent, prosecutors said.

An Adams County jury convicted Rodriguez-Ramirez of vehicular homicide-DUI and leaving the scene of an accident involving death, both Class 3 felonies, in March.

In imposing the maximum 12-year sentence, Adams County District Judge Don Quick questioned whether the defendant had taken responsibility for her actions.

He noted after she was arrested for vehicular homicide, she told law enforcement she didn’t want to have to spend New Year’s Eve in jail.

Deputy District Attorney Ashley Wiener told the court that the defendant lacked remorse and at the time of the accident had just completed a reckless driving class and knew the dangers of driving while intoxicated.

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