By Muhammad Atef | June 11, 2021

Dump truck driver set for trial in fatal Longmont crash – Longmont Times-Call

Sean Souders / Courtesy Boulder County Sheriff’s Office

The dump truck driver accused of causing a crash that killed a 17-year-old last year in Longmont is headed to trial.

Sean Daniel Souders, 54, pleaded not guilty in Boulder District Court Friday to vehicular homicide, criminal mischief causing $100,000 to $1 million in damage, third-degree assault and two counts of reckless driving.

Souders is now set for a five-day trial starting Nov. 8 and a motions hearing on Sept. 10.

Souders remains in custody.

Colorado State Patrol investigators say Souders was driving a white Kenworth T60 dump truck that officials say first crashed into a convertible on July 24 in the 9800 block of North 51st Street, and then crashed into a house near the intersection of North 51st Street and Nelson Road.

The driver of the convertible, Kelsey Skokan, 17, of Longmont, died as a result of the crash. Souders and and his 21-year-old passenger were taken to a hospital with serious injuries. A 22-year-old passenger in the convertible, identified by family as Ian Skokan, suffered moderate injuries.

The home the truck crashed into also belonged to the Skokan family, and the damage was estimated at more than $100,000.

Souders told Colorado State Patrol troopers his steering went out as he was navigating the right hand curvature in the roadway, but the passenger in the dump truck told investigators Souders was traveling too fast and lost control, according to an arrest affidavit.

Tire marks at the scene showed the dump truck crossed the center line and also indicated the dump truck was turning before the crash but not enough to stay in the lane.

A crash reconstruction determined Souders was traveling at a minimum speed of 51.32 mph, the affidavit states, in a 35-mph zone.

Through a warrant, investigators searched the dump truck and stated it was in proper mechanical condition with no observable malfunctions, the affidavit states.

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