DA delays decision on Bailey crash

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The two-week extension district attorney Bonnie Roesink said she needed to decide on a pending criminal case came and went Friday without a decision.

Jay Cranmer, a deputy district attorney for the 14th Judicial District, said Friday that a decision on whether to file stiffer criminal charges against Morrison resident Dustin Lund had not been made.

There is no timetable for when a decision will be made, said Cranmer, who is one of the prosecutors handling the case.

"I wouldn't be able to tell you at this point," Cranmer said of the Lund prosecution.

Lund allegedly was under the influence of methamphetamine when his vehicle collided with a vehicle driven by Craig resident Michael Bailey in February. The crash occurred on U.S. Highway 40, about a mile east of Hayden.

It claimed Bailey's life.

Lund was charged in Routt County with careless driving resulting in death, a misdemeanor. However, after being pressured by Bailey's family to file harsher charges, Roesink vacated the misdemeanor charge and vowed to re-evaluate the case.

On Dec. 15, Roesink said she needed another two weeks to make a decision. On Friday morning, she called Bailey's sister, Kathy Oberwitte, and said she would need more time to make a decision.

Oberwitte, who's led the charge in lobbying Roesink to file a vehicular homicide charges against Lund, said the district attorney's delay wasn't unexpected.

"I expected it," Oberwitte said. "I think it's ridiculous. We're coming up on 11 months. ... I just feel that they're putting us off, but I will stay a thorn in her side."

Roesink could not be reached for comment Friday.

Joshua Roberts can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 210, or jroberts@craigdailypress.com

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