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Colorado District Attorney Dies in Motorcycle Accident

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Jim Wilson, the district attorney for Montezuma and Dolores counties in southwest Colorado, died in a motorcycle accident this past Sunday.

Law Week Colorado reports some details on the accident:

Wilson was riding westbound on I-70 at about 7:55 a.m. when he apparently lost control of his Harley-Davidson motorcycle in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains west of Golden. He was thrown over a guardrail and rolled down a steep embankment, coming to rest near the eastbound lane. He was wearing a helmet.

As someone who used to have a love for Honda 450 Rebels I always wince when I read about a motorcycle fatality. This does illustrate an important fact that all riders should keep in mind: a helmet can save your life…but not always.

Wilson was in his second-term as the Republican DA for Montezuma and Dolores counties. He was also facing criminal charges at the time. Steve Grazier, staff writer for The Cortez Journal, summarizes the charges in an article for The Durango Herald:

Charges against Wilson had included driving under the influence of alcohol; driving with an excessive amount of alcohol, above the state’s 0.08 percent limit; possession of a weapon, a 9mm handgun, while under the influence of alcohol; an open-container violation; and careless driving. All counts are misdemeanors.

These counts stemmed from a reported DUI that occurred at 10:15 am on the day of February 21, 2010. Wilson had taken a firm stance that he would not step down from his position because of the criminal misconduct charges.

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