Melissa Powell, Riordan Powell : “Man Arrested on DUI and Reckless Vehicular Homicide Charges After Fatal Crash”

Death – Obituary – Accident and Crime News : BROOMFIELD, Colo. — A tragic crash near Broomfield High School on Tuesday has resulted in the arrest of Jose Menjivar, 37, who now faces multiple charges including a DUI and two counts of reckless vehicular homicide, according to the arrest affidavit.

The incident occurred on December 12 when police responded to a crash at the intersection of Main Street and Miramonte Boulevard, located behind the high school. The crash claimed the lives of two individuals who were in the same car, one adult and one person under 18, as confirmed by the police.

The names of the victims have not yet been released by the coroner’s office, but a GoFundMe page has been created to support the family. The page identifies the victims as Melissa Powell, 47, and Riordan Powell, 16.

The driver of the other vehicle involved in the crash, identified as Menjivar in the affidavit, sustained critical injuries and was rushed to the hospital. There were no other passengers in his car.

Witness estimations mentioned in the affidavit indicate that Menjivar was driving a pickup truck at a speed between 80 and 100 mph in a 40 mph zone. He was attempting to pass several vehicles when he collided with the victims’ SUV in a “front to side manner,” causing the SUV to crash into a tree off the east side of the road.

Tragically, the driver of the SUV was pronounced dead at the scene, while the passenger succumbed to their injuries at the hospital.

Upon inspecting Menjivar’s vehicle, officers detected “an overwhelming odor of an unknown alcoholic beverage.” They also discovered at least two empty beer cans and an open beer case inside. Based on these findings, investigators obtained a warrant to draw Menjivar’s blood, which revealed a blood alcohol content of .249, more than three times the legal limit.

Further investigation revealed that Menjivar’s driver status had been revoked after multiple previous traffic offenses.

Menjivar now faces charges including two counts of reckless vehicular homicide, two counts of vehicular homicide, driving a vehicle under the influence of alcohol/drugs, and aggravated habitual offender drove when revoked.

This tragic incident serves as a reminder of the devastating consequences of driving under the influence and the importance of responsible driving.

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