The driver that hit and killed 6-year-old Reagan Purdy in 2018 was convicted Friday by an Elbert County jury.
Parker resident Gary Wayne Williams, 70, was found guilty of child abuse causing death, first-degree assault, vehicular homicide and vehicular assault. Sentencing is scheduled for June 8.
“The presumptive sentencing range for a Class 2 felony is 8-24 years in the Colorado Department of Corrections,” according to a news release from the 18th Judicial District. “The sentence enhancers in this case push the range to 16-48 years.”
On Nov. 18, 2018, Williams lost control of his vehicle that had a trailer attached. Williams drove on the wrong side of Interstate 70 for 3 miles, according to the news release.
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Williams hit Jared Purdy’s Toyota Tundra, resulting in Purdy’s serious injuries and the death of his daughter and family dog Elbe.
“This defendant knowingly and recklessly drove his truck the wrong way on the interstate for 3 miles,” said DA John Kellner in the release. “If not for this defendant’s willful actions and reckless choices, young Reagan Purdy would still be alive. This verdict is the consequence.”
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