A Colorado district attorney will step in to a rare prosecutorial role for a vehicular homicide case involving the death of a suburban Denver police officer. The off-duty Littleton officer was the victim of an Aurora auto accident that authorities blamed on a drunk driver.
The 37-year-old suspect is a native of Ethiopia whose attorney said was part of an "unforeseeable" crash. An Amharic translator was used in court to explain the multiple serious charges to the non-English speaking driver. Prosecutors said they had no reason to believe the suspect was in the country illegally, even though the man apparently lied to authorities about his address.