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    Zachary Snyder Pleads Guilty to Vehicular Homicide of 65-Yr Old Man

    Zachary Snyder, 23, of Arvada, was in Jefferson County Court today where he pled guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol and causing the collision that killed 65-year old Kenneth Mortensen and seriously injured his wife Karin Mortensen in October 2012.

    Snyder had been drinking at a bar at 92nd and Wadsworth in Westminster on October 13, 2012. He was there for four hours before he left the bar, got into his car and pulled into traffic going east on 92nd. At the intersection of 92nd and Wadsworth Snyder failed to the right of way and turned left in front of the car driven by Karin Mortensen. Snyder had not turned on his headlights when he entered the roadway.

    Snyder’s first blood draw showed a BAC of .304, almost four times the legal limit.

    “This is a tragedy for the Mortensen family and the community,” said DA Pete Weir, “However, there is light in the midst of the sadness demonstrated by the selfless effort of witnesses at the scene who ran in to assist the Mortensens. An off-duty medic and a minister, aided by others, attempted to stabilize them both and perform CPR on Kenneth until paramedics arrived.”

    Snyder pled guilty to Vehichular Homicide (F3); Vehicular Assault (F4) and DUI. Sentencing has been scheduled for March 12 at 1:30. He could potentially face up to 18 years in prison.

    Pam Russell
    DA Public Information

    January 13, 2014

    Zachary Snyder

    Last Updated: 1-17-2014
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