DA to hold meeting with victim's family

An answer could soon be coming for a grieving Craig family.

Bonnie Roesink, district attorney for the 14th Judicial District, is scheduled to meet Monday afternoon with the family of the late Michael Bailey regarding a pending criminal case.

Bailey died in February 2006 from injuries sustained in a crash with Morrison resident Dustin Lund on U.S. Highway 40, about a mile east of Hayden. Bailey's family has been lobbying the district attorney's office to file vehicular homicide charges against Lund, who was reportedly under the influence of methamphetamine during the crash.

Bailey's sister, Kathy Oberwitte, said she didn't know whether to expect an answer from Roesink on Monday.

"She did not say if she'd come to a conclusion," Oberwitte said. "But, this is the meeting we've been waiting for."

Lund was charged in Routt County with careless driving resulting in death, a misdemeanor. The charge was vacated after Bailey's family protested and asked for a harsher charge against the Morrison man.

Roesink has used the past several weeks to re-evaluate the case and consult with other attorneys in the 14th Judicial District. Her meeting with Bailey's family is set for 4:15 p.m. at the Craig office.

Oberwitte said she was optimistic that her family might have an answer to a question that's 11 months in the making.

"She said she would contact us before anyone else," Oberwitte said. "So far, she's done that at least."

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