On June 14, 2007, Erika Weaver was leaving Interstate 76 at Colorado 52. Carlos Ramirez was driving west on Colorado 52 when he broadsided Ms. Weaver’s car. He admitted he was speeding.
Erika Weaver died four days later. After being released from the hospital where he was treated for minor injuries, he was arrested and jailed for being a habitual traffic offender, having no insurance and careless driving. There were also two warrants for his arrest in other cases.
On friday, Ramires recieved his setence for killing Erika Weaver. All it cost Carlos Ramirez was 150 days work release, 5 years supervised probation, 75 hours of public service and $2500 in fines and court costs. Here’s the breakdown of Mr. Ramirez’s sentencing:
-Careless driving causing death: 150 days of work release, $1,000 fine plus court costs, five years of supervised probation and 75 hours of public service.
-Under restraint for previous alcohol related offenses — 90 days of work release, $1,000 fine plus court costs.
-Under restraint for alcohol — 30 days of work release, $500 fine plus court costs.
-All work release is served consecutively.
Consider this: C.R.S. 18-4-408 Aggravated Motor Vehicle Theft, a class 4 felony. A class 4 felony is punishable, upon conviction, by incarceration at the Colorado Department of Corrections for a period of 1 year to 16 years.
So, here’s how it looks to me…if you’re going to be a habitual criminal, you’re better off killing someone with your car than you are stealing their car.