Teen driver pleads guilty to reduced charges | PostIndependent.com

Teen driver pleads guilty to reduced charges

Ryan Summerlin

The teen driver charged in connection with a Glenwood Springs crash that severely injured a passenger in September pleaded guilty Wednesday in juvenile court to reckless endangerment and careless driving resulting in injury.

The 16-year-old was initially charged with vehicular assault, which would be a class 5 felony were she charged as an adult; as well as reckless endangerment, normally a misdemeanor; reckless driving, normally a traffic misdemeanor; and driving with passengers under 21, a traffic infraction.

Police believed the wreck to be the result of a sudden, uncontrolled turn.

Victor Gamez, a Glenwood Springs High School sophomore and football player, was most seriously injured and required surgery for a fractured eye and cheek.

Three other teens were in the car. They and the driver were also taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

Newly licensed 16-year-old drivers are barred from having passengers younger than 21 who are not family for the first six months, unless a licensed adult is also in the vehicle.

The driver could have her license revoked as a result of these charges.

Sentencing, left up to the court, is scheduled for Jan. 11.

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