Families say Crash Suspect is Good Person, Loved Crash Victim

By: Tim Ciesco Email
By: Tim Ciesco Email

24-year-old Dusty Reeves made his first appearance in court Friday after authorities say drove drunk and was responsible for the rollover accident that killed 22-year-old Jennifer Torbet. The families of the pair say they're upset with the way Reeves has been portrayed on the news, and that they want to speak out in his defense.

"He's a good dad, he was a good husband, he's a good son and brother," said Lila Reeves, Dusty Reeves' mother.

That's how Dusty Reeves emotional family described him as they watched him face a judge for the first time since the accident that took the life of Jennifer Torbet.

Late Wednesday night, authorities responded to a report of a fatal rollover accident on Interstate 70 near the DeBeque exit ramp. When the families learned what happened, they say they were in shock.

"They were just out having a good time and went to the Hot Springs in Glenwood," said Lila Reeves. "They were coming home when this accident happened."

But authorities believe Reeves may have had too good of a time. According to reports, they believe Reeves had twelve cans of beer before he got into the car that night. Now, he's facing serious charges including vehicular homicide, vehicular assault, DUI, and others.

His family says they don't believe the reports and that he would never intentionally do anything to hurt someone, but especially not Torbet, who Reeves has been with for the last six years.

"They were high school sweethearts," said Lila Reeves. "They bought a house together a couple years ago and they just had a baby who's five weeks old. They were starting a life together."

Torbet's family says they have similar feelings. In a statement made to 11 News, they say "We don't know him very well, and he may have made some bad choices in the past. But if he says he's innocent, we believe him."

For now, the two families say they are trying to make it through this difficult time.

"It's just something bad that's happened that's going to affect everyone," said Lila Reeves. "That's going to stay with Dusty for the rest of his life."

Reeves has bonded out of the Mesa County Jail. He is still allowed to drive, but a judge ordered him to submit to pre-trial alcohol counseling. He is due back in court early next month.

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