Driver in fatal crash has court date set

Charged with two misdemeanor counts

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Thomas Garrity, 74, of Bellevue, Neb., will make his first court appearance Jan. 16 in Douglas County following the fatal accident that took the lives of two construction workers Nov. 20 at the intersection of C-470 and Broadway.

Garrity, who was driving a borrowed blue Subaru Tribeca, was exiting westbound C-470 onto Broadway when he lost control of the vehicle on the exit ramp.

The vehicle traveled into the grassy area between C-470 and the ramp, and then rolled off an embankment, where it struck the two workers, killing them instantly. The victims were identified as Joseph Schwartz, 47, of Morrison, and Jesus Villalobos, 27, of Brighton.

According to Trooper Nate Reid, public information officer with the Colorado State Patrol, a standard vehicle inspection done Nov. 27 concluded that there were no mechanical failures with the Subaru leading to the accident.

The Nebraska man is facing two counts of careless driving causing death, a Class 1 misdemeanor. Both he and his 72-year-old female passenger were treated and released for minor injuries the same day of the accident.

A second vehicle, driven by 39-year-old Lara Mooney, of Highlands Ranch, was heading northbound on Broadway and struck by the Subaru after it collided with Schwartz and Villalobos. Mooney was uninjured in the crash.

Schwartz and Villalobos were employed by Concrete Works of Colorado, which was performing work beneath the C-470 bridge over Broadway. The $5.1 million project involves widening South Broadway between Dad Clark Drive and County Line Road by expanding into the existing concrete slope beneath the C-470 bridges.

The planned improvements are expected to help reduce congestion and improve traffic operations between Dad Clark Drive and County Line Road, and provide increased left-turn lane area for the C-470 eastbound and westbound on-ramps, according to Douglas County’s website.

Staff writer Chris Michlewicz contributed to this report