Fatal accident leads to arrests


A New Mexico man who was the driver of a vehicle that rolled Tuesday, killing his brother-in-law, faces a felony charge of vehicular homicide, a Colorado State Patrol officer said.

Driver Lewis Gene Dorlac, 49, of Los Lunas, N.M., also may face two charges of driving under the influence and careless driving, said Sgt. Gary Meirose of the state patrol.

Dwayne Ryan Holliday, 28, of Albuquerque, N.M., and Dayle Ravis Holliday, 33, of Los Lunas, sons of the man killed, were arrested on warrants from other Colorado counties.

The brothers were en route to Baggs,Wyo., to work in an oil field and were following their father and uncle when the first truck spun off the road, rolled twice and landed in the ditch. Passenger Mack Holliday, 51, of Albuquerque, was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at The Memorial Hospital.

Holliday wasn't wearing a seatbelt, but the driver was, officers said.

The two parties had been traveling from New Mexico since 2 a.m. when the 2000 Chevy pickup rolled at about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday about 23 miles north of Craig on Colorado Highway 13, Meirose said.

"From what it appears, it looks like he fell asleep since he was up since 2 a.m.," Meirose said. "We have good reason to believe that there was alcohol involved."

Meirose said tests to determine whether alcohol was a factor wouldn't be confirmed for a couple of weeks.

Later Tuesday night, James William Coday, 32, of Craig, was arrested on a warrant from Routt County. Coday's vehicle was pulled over, and police found a bag of Dorlac's in his vehicle that had been at the hospital, Colorado State Patrol Trooper Roger Kendall said.

The Hollidays and Dorlac had checked into a room at Craig's Holiday Inn on Tuesday night. Kendall said there was some evidence that Dorlac and Holliday family members were trying to leave town after Dorlac was treated and released from the hospital.

Dale Holliday was arrested on a warrant from Rio Blanco County for failing to appear in court and brother Dwayne Holliday was arrested for failing to appear in court on a driving under the influence charge from Weld County. Lewis Dorlac had a suspended driver's license from a driving under the influence charge from North Carolina.

Amy Fitch, deputy district attorney for the 14th Judicial District, said only Dorlac will be tried in Moffat County, but prosecutors haven't decided what those charges will be.

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