Opinion | Letter: Law works in very strange ways
January 18, 2019
This letter is in regards to the article posted in your newspaper Jan. 18, 2019: “Driver in 2017 fatal crash south of Kremmling gets prison sentence.” That driver is Brandon Wilson and I am his mother.
I am heartbroken over all the events surrounding this horrible accident. So many people have endured unbelievable pain. I am also extremely frustrated with how this case was dealt with by the legal system, and that is the reason for this communication.
Brandon missed his entrance on Highway 9, slowed and pulled to the shoulder. He did not see the Silverado truck traveling behind him in the same direction. He turned his left blinker on, and executed a U-turn at 7 mph. The Silverado truck was pulling a heavy load of three horses in a trailer and traveling at 73 mph five seconds before impact. The speed limit is 65 mph. The truck crossed the double yellow line and T-boned Brandon's car.
The frustration I have is over the fact the Colorado State Patrol (CSP) and District Attorney's office turned their heads to the truck driver's contribution to this accident. I called the CSP and asked what the speed limit leeway is. The response was unequivocally "the speed limit is the speed limit,” yet the truck driver was not cited for speeding. The DA's office wouldn't allow Brandon's legal team to thoroughly consider the other driver's part in this accident. A reconstruction was completed and showed that if the Silverado truck had simply gone the speed limit and stayed in his lane he would have missed Brandon''s vehicle. But these facts were not discussed.
Brandon had been drinking before the accident and his extrapolated blood alcohol was 0.10, and the legal intoxication limit is 0.08. So he deserves his DUI. But this fact seems to have been the driving force behind how the case has progressed. Yes, it is very wrong. But it also should not blind the justice system to relevant facts of a case.
In the end, Brandon made a plea deal for vehicular homicide without full discussion with the prosecutors about the details of the accident.
I just can't understand this. The law works in very strange ways.
Mary Wilson, Denver