Man Accused In DUI Crash That Killed 3 Girls Headed To Trial


A man's decision to drink and drive shattered the lives of three families one terrible night in April, authorities allege. A judge decided Monday there was enough evidence to warrant a trial in the case.

Authorities say Gilbert Sanchez, 36, drank several beers and possibly vodka prior to getting into his truck and speeding through the streets of Pueblo, hitting over 100 mph when he ran a red light and collided with a car carrying three teen girls. The girls were on their way home from a church event at the time of the crash.

The three girls were killed, while Sanchez's own young passengers were seriously injured after being thrown from his truck.

Monday, Sanchez returned to court in Pueblo for a preliminary hearing. The judge was presented with evidence from the case and decided there was enough to go to trial.

He faces numerous charges, including six counts of vehicular homicide, four counts of vehicular assault, two counts of child abuse and endangerment, DUI, reckless driving, and running a red light.

The next scheduled court appearance for Sanchez is August 13 at 10:00 a.m.

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