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Fatal Car Accident Occurs As Colorado State Police Attempt To Pull Over Dodge

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gravestoneColorado State Police were trying to pull over a Dodge pickup Monday night for driving without headlights and possible DUI, when the Dodge crashed into another vehicle, killing its driver.

Amy Hamilton, a reporter for The Daily Sentinel, reports the details:

Rebekah J. King was killed in the crash on F Road east of 29 1/2 Road after a vehicle driven by Henry D. Stoltman, 28, slammed into her.

Just moments before the crash, a Colorado State Patrol trooper and a Mesa County Sheriff’s deputy had spotted Stoltman driving the 1986 Dodge pickup without headlights.

Trooper Gary Schaff had activated his overhead lights and had gotten to within about 300 feet of Stoltman’s vehicle when the crash occurred, according to Sgt. Scott Simons of the Colorado State Patrol.

At the time of the accident, King reportedly was wearing her seatbelt, while Stoltman was not. Police state that Stoltman’s lack of headlights and darkened windows contributed to the fatal car accident. Stoltman is looking at quite the array of charges as a result of the circumstances of the car accident. NBC 11 News reports:

Stoltman made his first appearance Tuesday afternoon. His bond has been set at $20,000. He was booked on vehicular homicide, careless driving, no proof of insurance, headlamp violation, failing to yield to an emergency vehicle and not wearing a seatbelt.

The involvement of alcohol is still undetermined, but evidence in the truck and Stoltman’s own comments make it likely we will see an alcohol-related charge added to the list. Hamilton notes:

Officials say a bottle of vodka was found on the floor in his truck and he admitted to authorities he’d had four and a half beers about half an hour before the accident.

Source: “CSP: Fatal crash occurred as police tried to stop driver,”  The Daily Sentinel, 08/03/10
Source: “UPDATED: Victim in fatal accident identified, suspect makes first court appearance,”  NBC 11 News, 08/03/10
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