Superior Woman Pleads Guilty to Vehicular Homicide in Fatal Larimer County DUI Crash
A Superior woman pleaded guilty earlier this month to vehicular homicide in connection with a September crash in Larimer County that killed a Denver man .
Online court records indicate Kari Kennedy, 50, pleaded guilty in Larimer County District Court to one count of DUI-related vehicular homicide stemming from a September crash that killed Benjamin Shettsline, 22, of Denver.
Kennedy also pleaded guilty to felony vehicular assault. Prosecutors dismissed several other charges, including vehicular homicide, vehicular assault, felony DUI and careless driving resulting in injury.
Larimer County Jail records indicate that Kennedy is being held without bond. The Coloradoan reported in January that a Larimer County district judge raised Kennedy’s bond after prosecutors alleged she had missed court-ordered drug tests or delivered diluted samples that couldn’t be tested.
Court records show Kennedy’s bond was raised from $25,000 to $40,000 in January and later raised again to $120,000 in February. It was changed to no bond on March 7, according to court records.
Kennedy was driving a 2006 Jeep SUV westbound on U.S. 36 between the 7 and 8 mile markers west of Lyons at about 6:20 p.m. Saturday evening when she crossed into oncoming traffic and struck a 2008 Suzuki SUV driven by Shettsline.
Shettsline died at the scene from his injuries. His 59-year-old passenger, a New Mexican woman whose name was not released, sustained life-threatening injuries and was airlifted to Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland. A third person in the Suzuki sustained minor injuries.
Court records show that Kennedy has two previous convictions, one for DUI with two priors and one for driving while ability impaired with one prior. She also has a conviction for child abuse.
She is expected to be sentenced on May 6.
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