The 17-year-old who was behind the wheel of a car that crashed on Labor Day, killing two teens, will be charged as a juvenile.
KRDO NewsChannel 13 is withholding the teen's name because he is being charged as a juvenile.
The District Attorney said Friday, a state law enacted two years ago dictates that if a defendant is a juvenile, he must be charged as a juvenile, so his office has no other choice.
A judge allowed the teen to be released on bond. He will have to be monitored 24/7, he's not allowed to drive, he can go to school but not work, and he must go to therapy as soon as possible. The judge asked the teen not to contact the victims' families. The District Attorney's office may ask the families if it is okay for the teen to contact them first, and their response will be passed on to his lawyer.
There were four teens in the car when the driver ran a stop sign, lost control and crashed, according to investigators.
The accident happened near the intersection of Hodgen Road and Roller Coaster Road in Black Forest at around 1 a.m. on Monday, September 1, 2014.
A preliminary accident report released by the Colorado State Patrol said that the driver was going 80 miles per hour in a 40 mile per hour zone when he failed to stop at a stop sign. It says the car went airborne three times before landing in an embankment, crashing through a fence and colliding with some trees.
Three of the four teens were wearing seatbelts. One of the boys who died, Beau Begier, 17, was thrown from the car.
The driver was under the influence of alcohol according to investigators.
The boy's attorney, V. Iyer of Englewood, was present in court for his first hearing on Tuesday, but declined an interview, saying he'll release a statement "when the time is right."
"The family is just devastated by this," Iyer said. "We're investigating this further. Let's add some dignity to this before giving any statements."
Ryan Pappas, 18, and Beau Begier, 17, both of Monument, died in the crash. Begier's familly shared memories of Beau in an emotional interview with KRDO NewsChannel 13's Jonathan Petramala Wednesday night.
The Pappas family released this statement on the afternoon of September 4, 2014:
"The Pappas family would like to express their deepest gratitude for the outpouring of love and prayers that we have received this last week. This is truly an amazing community! Ryan so loved all of his friends, and his very special Baseball family, as well as his new Soccer family. We are so touched by the love and support of friends and strangers alike.
Our prayer is that from this tragedy, good will come. And that this will not remain just a senseless tragedy. Friends, love your friends enough to say “no way.” This is something that Ryan had been talked to about very frequently: from making the choice to not participate, to never getting in the car with someone who has been drinking, to calling home “no questions asked.” As friends and peer models, teens need to reinforce these ‘preferred alternatives,’ try to ensure they are pursued, and take action if / when they are not pursued. Please help keep each other safe in every way possible – we are all a family.
We are praying for all of the families affected by this tragedy. “OHANA“ means “family.” “Family” means “no one gets left behind.”
With love, gratitude, and prayers, The Pappas Family
Mitchell "Jack" Clark, 17, of Monument, was seriously injured and is being treated at a hospital.
Clarks parents, Ellen and Mitch Clark, released the following statement on September 4, 2014:
The driver suffered minor injuries but was later released from a hospital and taken to the Spring Creek Youth Services Center in Colorado Springs.
"They knew each other," Iyer said of the teens. "They were friends."
Authorities said the boys attended Palmer Ridge High School together until the driver moved to Parker and was attending school there.
The vehicular homicide and vehicular assault charges faced by the driver could result in a maximum prison sentence of 12 years.