Man pleads guilty to vehicular homicide in Colorado Springs, faces 24 to 42 years in prison

Published: Jul. 22, 2018 at 1:48 PM MDT
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A man faces 24 to 42 years in prison after pleading guilty to vehicular homicide tied to a crash in Colorado Springs.

The crash claimed the life of Paul Gannarelli in July of 2018.

Nathaniel Stager entered his guilty plea on Wednesday for vehicular homicide, aggravated motor vehicle theft and possession of a weapon by a previous offender.

Stager turned himself in to authorities in Castle Rock after he left the scene of the crash. Colorado Springs police learned from witnesses Stager grabbed the SUV's steering wheel away from the driver and went straight into oncoming traffic.

The vehicle nearly hit another man, instead t-boned a gray car, then ricocheting into a white van. Gannarelli was killed and the two people inside the van, hospitalized. The driver inside the SUV was also taken to the hospital.

Stager's sentencing is scheduled for June 24.