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Intoxicated Driver Gets 30 Years in Prison for Fatal Denver Crash

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A Denver motorist responsible for a high-speed drunk and drugged driving accident that killed a man last year will be spending the next three decades behind bars.

Jaime Bautista-Sanchez was sentenced to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to a number of charges related to the collision, a local ABC News affiliate reports. 

Bautista-Sanchez ran a red light at 90 miles per hour at the intersection of Colfax Avenue and Osage Street downtown, according to Denver District Attorney Beth McCann’s office. He slammed his car into Ethan Small, a 28-year-old man who was killed in the accident. 

Bautista-Sanchez had a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of approximately .186-.200, more than twice the legal limit, prosecutors said. He also had marijuana, prescription painkillers, and cocaine in his system at the time of the crash, which occurred around 11:15 a.m.

“My hope is that this sentence brings Mr. Small’s family some peace in what has surely been a dark time for them,” McCann said in a prepared statement released after the sentencing.

Bautista-Sanchez earlier this year pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, first-degree assault, vehicular homicide, and driving under the influence (third or subsequent alcohol offense).

Legal Rights for the Families of People Killed in Car Accidents

Small’s death is yet another needless reminder of the tragic consequences that can come when a person recklessly decides to get behind the wheel while intoxicated.

The family of a person who is killed in a drunk or drugged driving accident in Colorado has the right to compensation from those responsible, and their insurers. That includes compensation for medical bills and burial costs, as well as for missed wages, reduced income and the loss of the family member’s companionship, love and affection. 

Although no amount of money can ever replace your loved one, this compensation can help to ease what is often a significant financial burden following the loss of a family member. 

To get this compensation, you likely need to prove negligence. A seasoned Denver auto accident lawyer at Levine Law can help you establish how a car accident happened and who is to blame. The lawyer will gather evidence like witness statements, police reports, and video footage, as well as medical documentation linking the crash to the person’s death. 

An experienced lawyer can also help by negotiating with insurance companies. It is vital to have an attorney in your corner before accepting an offer from an insurer.

Speak with a Denver Auto Accident Lawyer 

At Levine Law, our attorneys combine decades of experience helping people injured in car and other accidents get the money they deserve. We also have a strong track record of getting optimal results for the people we represent.

Our lawyers are pleased to serve clients throughout Colorado, including in Denver, Colorado Springs, Ft. Collins and Loveland. Call us at 303-333-8000 or contact us online to speak with a Denver auto accident lawyer.