More charges filed against Ryan Nuanez in crash into Accent Optics

DENVER - A man accused of crashing an SUV into Accent Optics on South Colorado Boulevard is facing more serious charges.

Ryan Nuanez, 24, is being charged with vehicular homicide, vehicular assault, driving under the influence and driving under revocation.

Witnesses told 7NEWS that Nuanez was driving north in the southbound lanes on Colorado Boulevard when he suddenly veered and crashed into the store.

Cheryl Hurlbut, 58, was critically injured. She died a week later.

Three other people were also injured.

Hospital staff said Nuanez admitted to taking drugs before he drove, according to the arrest report.

In that same report, a police officer said Nuanez had slurred speech and appeared disoriented.

7NEWS checked court records and found Nuanez is currently on probation for two different cases in Jefferson County.

In February of this year, Nuanez pleaded guilty to felony charges of theft and providing false information to a pawn broker. He was sentenced to two years of probation, court records state.

In a separate case, Nuanez pleaded guilty in October 2013 to misdemeanor theft and was sentenced to two years of probation, court records state.

In January 2013, he was charged with reckless driving in Douglas County. But prosecutors amended the reckless driving charge to a lane violation and Nuanez pleaded guilty to the lesser traffic violation, court records state.

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