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    Vehicular Homicide Charges filed in Arvada

    (Golden, CO – May 30, 2014) First Judicial District Attorney Pete Weir announced that a 29-year-old Louisiana man has been charged with Vehicular Homicide for causing the death of Joe Gonzalez , 37, last weekend. Codey Daniel Trahan, DOB: 12/3/84, is alleged to have run a red light at 80th and Sheridan and crashed into the car driven by Mr. Gonzalez.

    Trahan was in court today where he was advised of the charges filed against him:

    • Vehicular Homicide – DUI (F3);
    • Vehicular Homicide – Reckless (F4);
    • Vehicular Assault (F4);
    • Vehicular Assault (F5);
    • Driving Under the Influence (M);
    • Reckless Driving (TO2); and
    • Careless Driving Resulting in Injury (TO1).

    At 1:45 a.m. on May 23, Arvada Police were called to the intersection of 80th and Sheridan in regards to a two-car traffic collision. They found Joe Gonzalez, believed to have been the driver of one of the vehicles, a GMC Yukon, deceased at the scene. He had been ejected from his vehicle.

    According to court records, witnesses observed the Yukon, driven by Mr. Gonzalez, traveling southbound on Sheridan at the intersection of W.80th Avenue. They said that as as Mr. Gonzalez entered the intersection, on a green light, his Yukon was struck by a Dodge Challenger coming through the intersection. The Challenger was driven by its sole occupant, Codey Trahan, and was traveling westbound on W. 80th Avenue.

    In addition to the fatal injuries suffered by Mr. Gonzalez, an unrestrained passenger in his car, Jose Barron, was seriously injured. The third passenger in Mr. Gonzalez’s vehicle, Micah Lambert, was sitting in the front passenger seat and was wearing his seat belt. He was not seriously injured.

    Codey Trahan is being held at the Jefferson County Detention Center on $50,000 bond. He has a preliminary hearing on June 26 at 1:00 p.m.

    Pam Russell
    DA Public Information

    May 30, 2014

    Cody Trahan

    Last Updated: 5-30-2014
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