Aurora driver sentenced to 12 years in prison for vehicular homicide DUI
An Aurora driver was sentenced Tuesday to 12 years in prison for hitting and killing a pedestrian while driving under the influence of alcohol and fleeing the scene.
Prisma Rodriguez-Ramirez, 22, was sentenced by Adams County District Judge Don Quick for vehicular homicide DUI and leaving the scene of an accident involving death, according to the district attorney’s office.
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Rodriguez-Ramirez was convicted by a jury in March of the two felony charges.
At about 11:30 p.m. on Dec. 30, Rodriguez-Ramirez was driving a black Land Rover SUV near East Colfax Avenue and Nome Street when she hit 36-year-old Antonio Colson who was crossing the street with his wife. Colson died of his injuries. His wife was not injured.
Rodriguez-Ramirez sped away, but turned off her headlights and returned to the scene, according to a news release. “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,” prosecutors said.
Rodriguez-Ramirez had been drinking beer and tequila. She had a blood alcohol content of 0.172.
In imposing the maximum 12-year sentence, Quick questioned whether Rodriguez-Ramirez had taken responsibility for her actions, the news release said. Quick noted that after her arrest, Rodriguez-Ramirez told police she didn’t want to spend New Year’s Eve in jail.
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