Teen driver pleads guilty to reduced charges
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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