COLORADOAN - The first of three motorists police say ran over an 80-year-old Fort Collins woman has pleaded not guilty to killing her.
Monty Ray Dumler, 41, accused of drunken vehicular homicide, declined a plea bargain with prosecutors and is set for a jury trial Aug. 5.
He was driving a 1999 Ford Expedition southbound the night of Sept. 12 when he hit Marie Hayes of Fort Collins on the 6000 block of South College Avenue, according to Fort Collins police.
Police believe Hayes had run out of gas and was crossing the street to use a phone at Hatrixx Bar, the only business noticeably open at the time. She was driving northbound on her way home after visiting relatives, and she'd left her cellphone at home.
"There were no skid marks located at the scene, and Dumler was found to be driving under the influence of alcohol at the time of the collision," according to a previous news release from police. The area speed limit is 55 mph.
The second vehicle to hit Hayes, who was then lying in the road, was a 1991 Honda Civic driven by Calah Volz. About two minutes later, Volz called 911 and a third car traveling southbound hit Hayes. That car continued driving, and its driver was not identified. The car was described by witnesses as a blue sedan or small SUV, according to police.
Dumler is charged with a Class 3 felony, punishable by up to four to 12 years in prison. He has no prior criminal convictions in Colorado. Volz has not been charged with any crimes, according to Colorado court records.
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