Boulder County grand jury indicts parents, businesses in connection to vehicular homicide case

Dec. 25—Continuing through Dec. 31, the Daily Camera will count down the top stories of the year, as selected by the newspaper’s editors.

A Boulder County grand jury indicted five parents, two companies and a Boulder liquor store on suspicion of supplying alcohol to teens and allowing them to consume it, which allegedly resulted in a crash that killed two people on Boulder High School’s prom night in April.

Following the April 9 crash, investigators attempted to speak with numerous adult and juvenile witnesses about how and where the driver consumed alcohol, but many refused to speak with investigators. After the district attorney’s office presented the case to a grand jury, it issued subpoenas and in September indicted a total of nine individuals and businesses, according to a news release from the Boulder County District Attorney’s Office.

According to a separate report from the district attorney’s office, businesses identified as IDgod and Old Ironsides Fakes are suspected of selling fake IDs to numerous high school students; Willow Springs Wines & Spirits is suspected of regularly selling alcohol to juveniles; Mike Johnson, of Denver 24/7 Limo is suspected of allowing juveniles to drink on a party bus; and several parents are suspected of aiding and facilitating underage alcohol consumption the night of the crash. The indictments also allege the adults involved did not supervise the teens or seek to prevent them from later driving drunk, the release said.

The names of all juveniles reportedly involved were redacted from the report in accordance with state law that prohibits the disclosure of a juvenile’s name, birth date or photograph if the juvenile is charged with a serious crime.

The April 9 crash near Colo. 157 and Valmont Road killed Ori Tsioni, 33, and Gregoria Morales Ramirez, 49. A 17-year-old female driver involved in the crash, who has not been publicly identified, was previously charged with vehicular homicide.

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