AURORA, Colo. – Police on Monday arrested a man on suspicion of drunken driving and vehicular homicide charges for a June 21 crash that killed an elderly couple on their way back home from the grocery store.
Gonzalo Fabian Moreno, 41, faces two counts of vehicular homicide—DUI, two counts of vehicular homicide-reckless driving, DUI and failing to drive on the right side of the road charges.
The crash happened shortly after 3 p.m. on June 21.
According to Aurora police, 86-year-old Larry Feil and his 84-year-old wife, Jetta, were headed back from the grocery store when Moreno crashed into their vehicle head-on on E. Yale Avenue just west of S. Chambers Road.
Police found that Moreno had been driving eastbound when he crossed into the westbound lanes and smashed into the Feils’ vehicle.
All three were transported to a nearby hospital, but the Feils both died from their injuries.
Police say Moreno initially told them he had fallen asleep at the wheel, but that a voluntary blood sample he gave showed he was under the influence of either alcohol or drugs—or both. His arrest affidavit said police found cocaine in his blood and trace amounts of alcohol.
Police obtained a warrant for Moreno’s arrest on Aug. 30, and arrested him Monday.
At last check, Moreno was being held on a $50,000 bond at the Arapahoe County jail.