A dangerous driver, Eduardo Duarte-Alegria, is not being properly charged in the death of Michael Arthur Sanders, Jr., Denver PD Case 2012143781. If the Denver County Court does not revisit this case, Mike's killer will likely get a slap on the wrist, Mike's death will go by without recognition, and Mr. Duarte-Alegria will continue to violate the law, hurt our Community, and potentially hurt or kill others.
On Sunday, April 8th, 2012, at approximately 12.30pm, Eduardo Duarte-Alegria, 42, struck and killed Michael Arthur Sanders, Jr., 45, when he lost control of his SUV. After hitting Mike with enough force to knock him out of his shoes, Mr. Duarte-Alegria’s car careened across a lawn and into a nearby house, injuring a person inside. Mike had just returned from medic duty with the military and had enrolled in nursing school in Denver. An avid climber, hiker, and skier, Mike was out for a jog when he was killed by Mr. Duarte-Alegria.
Mr. Duarte-Alegria is currently charged only with driving a vehicle without an interlock device, which tests whether or not the driver has alcohol in their system. He was required to utilize this device by the court due to his previous alcohol-related offenses. In 2001 he plead guilty to a DWAI and underwent alcohol treatment. In 2009 he was arrested for a DUI and again underwent treatment, as well as requiring the interlock device on his car. Given his history of offenses for alcohol, it is possible this pattern will continue in the future if he does not face proper repercussions for this deadly incident.
Mr. Duarte-Alegria allegedly suffered a medical event which caused him to lose control of the SUV that struck and killed Mike, but his past record of alcohol-related offenses clearly shows a wanton and consistent disregard for the law, our community, and his fellow man. Regardless of any medical condition or event, Mr. Duarte-Allegria should never have been behind the wheel of an improperly-equipped car. He needs to be held accountable for his actions.
After willfully failing to appear at his May 21st court date, Mr. Duarte-Alegria pleaded not guilty to the only charge he received from the DA, which was evading the direct order that he only drive a vehicle equipped with an interlock device. He has now asked for a continuance in order to submit his mental evaluation to the court for his Sept. 27th appearance. So far there has only been a short review of the facts of the case by the DA, and the legal conclusion has been that no criminal charges related to Mike’s death can be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. However, there is more evidence that has not considered related to the incident and the ensuing charges. This petition urges the Denver County Court to review the case involving dangerous driver Eduardo Duarte-Alegria and to charge Mr. Duarte-Alegria with Involuntary Manslaughter/Involuntary Vehicular Manslaughter for his role in this atrocious crime in order to find justice for Mike.
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