Troopers Arrest Man in Olathe Fatal Crash, Has History of DUI Arrests

By: Tim Ciesco Email
By: Tim Ciesco Email

Colorado State Patrol has arrested an Olathe man who they say was drunk behind the wheel when he caused a crash that killed his 7-year-old son and injured four others. And records show this isn't the first time alcohol has gotten him into trouble with the law.

32–year–old Juan Jose Prieto–Gonzales is being held at the Montrose County Jail on several charges including vehicular homicide and DUI.

Officials say around 3:00 Sunday afternoon, Prieto-Gonzales ran a stop sign at the intersection of Highway 348 and 5400 Road and was broadsided by a white Suburban cruising down the highway, causing his Camaro to flip over.

Troopers say Prieto-Gonzales' 7 year-old-son Jose Prieto, who was riding in the Camaro, died on scene.

2-year-old Araceli Gonzales and 3-year-old Cesar Gonzales, who were riding in the Suburban were airlifted to St. Mary's Hospital with serious injuries. Cesar was listed in fair condition Monday, while Araceli remained in critical condition.

53-year-old J Merced Gonzales-Perez, who was driving the Suburban, sustained serious injuries and was transported to an area hospital. A female passenger, 42-year-old Aurella Gonzales, was also taken to the hospital with moderate injuries. There is no word on their conditions.

State Troopers tell 11 News Prieto-Gonzales has a history of alcohol related arrests. According to a criminal history check from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, he was arrested and convicted for misdemeanor driving under the influence in August 1994, November 1994, July 1995, and January 1996.

His bond was set at $100,000. He will be back in court on Thursday for his formal filing of charges.

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