Athina Munoz pleads guilty to DUI crash that killed 2 motorcyclists

Posted at 4:28 PM, Oct 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-24 18:30:02-04

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. — A woman charged with the DUI deaths of two motorcyclists pleaded guilty Monday to the top two of six counts against her.

Athina Munoz, 28, of Parker, pleaded guilty to two counts of vehicular homicide-DUI. The other counts were dismissed.

Brian Lehner, 58, and Jacquie Lehner, 56, both of Parker, were riding a Harley Davidson on Colorado 83 south of Franktown when they were killed in the Feb. 2016 crash. A third person on a second motorcycle suffered minor injuries.

Munoz veered into oncoming traffic and hit two northbound motorcycles. She told a Colorado State Patrol trooper that she had looked at a text message and when she looked up, she was on the wrong side of the road.

She also admitted to the trooper that she had two glasses of wine before the crash and smoked marijuana that morning, the arrest warrant said.

A second trooper investigating the crash was quoted in the report as saying he found "two empty alcohol bottles, a glass marijuana pipe and raw marijuana in the vehicle."

Munoz's criminal record

A check of court documents shows Munoz pleaded guilty to child abuse negligence in connection to an arrest by Aurora police on March 31, 2011. She was sentenced to 15 days in jail and 24 months probation in April 2013.

According to our partners at the Denver Post, an Athina Munoz was cleared in a home invasion shooting in Aurora on March 31, 2011.

She was not charged because the shooting reportedly fell under Colorado's Make My Day Law, which gives homeowners the right to use deadly force if an intruder comes into their home uninvited and they feel threatened.

Munoz was a "medical marijuana caregiver protecting her home," Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey told the Post.

Aurora police said she was not a caregiver and was illegally growing marijuana.


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