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Snowboarder sentenced for deadly crash

8:56 PM, Aug 9, 2013   |    comments
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GRAND COUNTY - A 21 year old professional snowboarder who killed two people and injured another after drinking and driving was sentenced Friday to just five years in prison.

David Torroni was driving with friends when he crashed into another car south of Kremmling just after Thanksgiving last year.

Brian Houle and Megan Ritter were killed. A third person was critically injured.

Pam Robinson and Elaine Houck traveled from Ohio hoping to find justice for their kids, Brian Houle and Megan Ritter.

"We just wanted to have a fair chance," Robinson said.

The two moved from Ohio to Denver and were traveling to Steamboat Springs when they were killed on a rural Colorado highway south of Kremmling.

Torroni is a professional snowboarder on the World Snowboard Tour. He was drinking and driving and took a 30 mph turn at a speeds, witnesses say, was closer to 60 mph. He crossed his lane and crashed into Houle.

"This man killed two children, my son and her daughter," Robinson said.

Torroni pleaded guilty to two counts of vehicular homicide and one count of vehicular assault and has been in a Grand County jail for nine months.

At his sentencing hearing Friday, dozens of the athlete's family and friends flew to Colorado to speak on his behalf.

Edward Dean, a family friend and fire chief from Avalon, told the judge that Torroni "helped around the fire house with fundraising" and "helped during hurricane Sandy before coming to Colorado."

They asked the judge to consider the last nine months in jail as time served and parole for a sentence.

She would instead give Torroni a five year prison sentence. Given Torroni doesn't have a prior record he will likely be out sooner.

"He could be out in less than a year and we don't have our children," Houck said.

(KUSA-TV © 2013 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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