EAGLE, COLORADO —10/30/2015– Anthony Eugene Chase, 47, of Gypsum, Colorado was arrested Friday, October 23rd on charges of Vehicular Homicide, Reckless Driving, DUI and Tampering with Evidence for a July 23rd accident on Highway 6 in Eagle County that killed 29 year-old Sergio Ordonez-Morales.
Chase was released Friday on a $15,000 bond and he has a bond review hearing on November 17th at 9 am.
According to police reports Chase was allegedly driving a Mack truck westbound on Highway 6 near milepost #156 when the construction pumper truck crossed the center line at 5:21 pm and struck a White Chevy van driven by Ordonez-Morales. At 6:16 pm Ordonez-Morales was pronounced dead at the Vail Valley Medical Center from injuries received as a result of the crash.
“The regularity of crashes resulting in death that involved intoxicated drivers is disturbing,” said District Attorney Bruce Brown. “The charge here is very serious and could result in a lengthy prison sentence,” Brown added.
There are several recent and pending cases involving vehicular homicide / assault in the Fifth Judicial District including:
• June 2015 – Hugo Castillo-Marquez of Avon, Colorado was sentenced to two years in the Department of Corrections for vehicular homicide in the death of a local woman who was a passenger in Castillo’s car on August 21, 2014.
• May 2015 – Emanuel Villeda of Pueblo was sentenced to twelve years in prison for vehicular homicide / DUI in connection with a June, 2014 crash that led to the death of one man and the paralysis of another.
• February 2015 – Michael Glass was sentenced to five years probation and a jail term of three-hundred and sixty days for injuring a pedestrian and leaving the scene of an accident in Avon on December 9, 2013 that left the victim with a compound leg fracture.
• Steven Gravatt, 55, of Blue River, Colorado was charged in September for the hit-and-run death of a woman in Breckenridge in late August 2015. Gravatt has a preliminary hearing on November 4th @ 1:30 pm;
• Hallie Schmitt, 25, of Dillon was charged with vehicular assault related to a hit-and-run accident in Breckenridge in December 2014. Schmitt has a motions hearing on November 23 @ 11 am;
• John Althouse, 34, of Vail pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide (reckless driving) and driving under the influence (DUI) in September. Althouse was sentenced to 6 years in DoC with five years suspended and one-year mandatory parole.
Note: All persons charged with crimes are presumed innocent until the contrary is proven in a court of law.