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