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News UPDATE: DUI driver formally charged for fatal Broomfield crash

December 21, 2023Accidents In the News

BROOMFIELD, CO – As of Thursday, Colorado’s 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office announced formal charges against the impaired driver who caused a fatal crash in Broomfield. 

The impaired driver — 37-year-old Jose Menjivar — is being charged with Vehicular Homicide in the third and fourth degrees, “Driving Under the Influence – Fourth or Subsequent Offense (F4), and Driving Under the Influence Per Se – Fourth or Subsequent Offense (F4).” 

Menjivar is currently in the courtroom for another scheduled appearance. 

To recap, this collision happened before 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 12, on Main Street, along Broomfield High School.  New information from 9 News shows that the crash unfolded when Menjivar, who drove a 2000 Toyota Tundra, was overtaking several automobiles when he hit the 2016 Mazda CX-5 driven by 47-year-old Melissa Powell. 

As a result, Powell lost control of her SUV, and she and her 16-year-old son succumbed to fatal wounds. As mentioned in prior articles, our newsroom has declined to list Powell’s son’s name in our blog posts due to his status as a minor. 

Additional details confirmed that Menjivar had a BAC of .249, which is over three times the legal limit. 

Updates will be provided should more details come to light. 

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