A man is charged in a fatal traffic accident that killed two people in Boulder
DENVER (KDVR) — Six months after two people were killed and another injured in a road rage crash in Boulder County, a man has been charged.
On May 19, Colorado State Patrol troopers were called to a four-vehicle crash on Interstate 287 around mile marker 322 in Boulder County.
2 killed and 1 injured in a collision
According to the indictment released by the 20th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, a maroon Dodge Ram 1500 and a black Camaro crashed in the southbound lanes causing the Camaro to cross the median into the northbound lanes. At that moment, a Toyota Tundra collided with the Camaro.
The bikes on the back of the Camaro fell and collided with a Jeep Cherokee.
According to the indictment, the Camaro’s driver, Daniel Wright, and front-seat passenger, James Jacobson, died in the crash. The driver of the Toyota Tundra, Jeffrey Laguna, was seriously injured.
The driver of the Dodge Ram continued driving and fled the scene.
Investigators find the motive for the crash was road rage
According to the indictment, after investigators looked at video evidence and interviewed witnesses, they found that the driver of a Dodge Ram had stopped on the median highway to start an altercation with those in the Camaro. The Camaro returned to the highway and began driving as normal.
However, the driver of the Dodge Ram pursued the Camaro at 100 mph, according to the indictment. The driver followed the Camaro and “engaged in road rage due to aggressive driving.”
Multiple witnesses reported seeing the driver of the Dodge Ram tailgate, brake check, swerve and strike the Camaro. Witnesses also reported that the Dodge Ram eventually collided with the Camaro.
After the driver of a Dodge Ram hit the Camaro, witnesses said the vehicle swerved and entered the northbound lanes.
Investigators identify the suspect
According to the indictment, the driver never turned himself in and had to be located by law enforcement. He was identified as Earl Jarzynski.
Garczynski was called for a voluntary interview by CSP and denied involvement in the incident. According to the soldiers, Jarzynski’s story changed several times. However, investigators spoke to Jarzynski’s friend who was on the phone with him at the time of the incident and confirmed that he was angry with Camaro.
“As this indictment states, the defendant allegedly took the lives of two people and seriously injured another in a road rage riot. He then attempted to escape punishment and evade all responsibility. I would like to thank the Colorado State Patrol, detectives and prosecutors for their hard work in the investigation In this tragic accident. Generally, in any crash resulting in loss of life, it is the specific behavior of the driver that determines what criminal charges, if any, may be brought. That is why this extensive investigation, along with the cooperation of witnesses, was so important “With this indictment, we can now move forward to holding the person who caused this horrific accident fully responsible,” District Attorney Michael Dougherty said.
Jarzynski now faces nine charges, including first-degree murder and vehicular homicide. He is being held on $1 million bond.