District attorney charges two in January crash at Craig Cemetery
Two people are facing charges in the wake of a late-January, single-vehicle crash that ended with the front bumper of a large pickup truck wrapped around a tree in Craig Cemetery. The Jan. 27 crash left all three occupants of the vehicle with injuries.
Peyton Evans, 26, Vanessa Jenkins, 26, and passenger Bailey Tyrrell, 19, were all in the front seat and were all were injured when the 2006 Ford F-150 they were traveling in ran off the right side of Ashley Road, striking a fence and continuing through the cemetery until colliding with a tree, said Craig Police Department Capt. Bill Leonard.
The collision wrapped the front bumper of the truck around the tree and caused the airbags to deploy. All three occupants were transported by ambulance to The Memorial Hospital.
The driver, Evans, said he lost control on the ice and slid off the road, according to statements he provided to investigators. When the vehicle began to slide, Jenkins also reportedly grabbed the wheel.
None of the occupants appeared to have been wearing seat belts at the time of the crash, according to Craig Police Sgt. Tony Fandel. He added one of the passengers reportedly sustained fractured bones. All were expected to be released from the hospital the same evening, Fandel said at the time.
Investigators did not list speed as a contributing factor. The report noted alcohol was involved, but officers did not know the extent of the influence of alcohol.
The cemetery fences and tree were damaged, thought there was no damage to grave markers, according to the report.
During the investigation, neither the names nor more specific information was released. No one was ticketed at the time of the accident. Once the investigation was complete in March, a report was sent to the 14th Judicial District Attorney’s office for consideration of charges.
Evans was charged with driving under the influence, driving under the influence per se, both misdemeanors, and was issued a ticket for compulsory insurance. He is expected to appear in the Moffat County court at 10 a.m. April 9.
Jenkins was charged with assault in the second degree, a class 4 felony. The charge states the suspect “unlawfully, feloniously, and recklessly caused serious bodily injury to Tyrell, by means of a deadly weapon, namely: a motor vehicle …”
Jenkins is also facing misdemeanor charges of false reporting to authorities and two counts of reckless endangerment. She is expected to appear in Moffat County Court at 2 p.m. April 23.
Evans and Jenkins were also implicated in the Christmas Eve fire that resulted in the death of 3-year-old Lane Cullen. Colorado Bureau of Investigation determined the child had accidentally started the fire that led to his death.
The District Attorney is still considering charges in that case.
Contact Sasha Nelson at 970-875-1794 or snelson@CraigDailyPress.com.
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