No plea yet in fatal logging truck crash |

No plea yet in fatal logging truck crash

John Colson
Post Independent Staff
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

John Henry Briggs, a logging truck driver who was involved in an accident last August that left a local woman dead, learned in court on Thursday that the case against him has been continued to Jan. 5 while the attorneys get their cases together.

Briggs, 58, of Del Norte, was driving east on Highway 82 on Aug. 16 when he allegedly ran a red light at the County Road 154/Buffalo Valley intersection and caused a crash that killed Claudia Tena de Ramirez, 24, of Glenwood Springs.

Prosecutors concluded there was insufficient cause for criminal charges in the case.

Briggs is facing charges of careless driving causing death, driving with an expired license plate, failure to stop at a red light and commercial-vehicle safety violations, all misdemeanor or traffic offenses.

Briggs was scheduled for arraignment on the charges on Thursday, before County Judge Paul Metzger, and might have pleaded either guilty or not guilty.

If convicted on the careless driving charge, he faces a possible sentence of a year in county jail and loss of his truck-driving license.

But Briggs’ attorney, Lynn French of Crawford, reported in a telephone conference that he has not received all the reports and other documentation he needs from the district attorney’s office, and that he is not prepared to move forward with the case.

He said he also is awaiting a report on an examination by experts of the two vehicles involved in the crash.

The judge agreed to continue the case, and granted French’s request that both French and Briggs participate in the next hearing by telephone.

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