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Loretta Avalos, 65, killed, and Niraj Gautam, 18, charged in car crash on U.S. Highway 287 in Lafayette, Colorado

Modified Date: 
Thu, 03/17/2016 - 9:54am
Accident Date: 
Saturday, March 12, 2016

Teen in fatal crash faces vehicular homicide, DUI charges

Investigators say Gautam told them he was trying to make a U-turn on U.S. Highway 287 while driving to his home in Erie. He refused to take a breath test but failed roadside sobriety tests.

NIRAJ GAUTAM AFTER FATAL DUI CRASH: "WHAT THE F*CK, THE OTHER PERSON IS DEAD?

At the scene, Gautam refused to undergo a breathalyzer test.

But he was taken into custody on suspicion of drunk driving because the cops detected the smell of alcohol and noticed that his eyes were watery and bloodshot — and he didn't exactly ace the roadside maneuvers routine, the cops maintain.

Type: Car Accident
People Involved: 
Niraj Gautam
Loretta Avalos
Area: 
Denver, CO

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