GOLDEN (AP) — A Colorado man with six previous drunken driving convictions will spend the rest of his life behind bars for crashing into and killing a driver waiting at a red light.
Todd Kenneth Grudznske (GRUD’-zihn-skee) was sentenced Thursday after being convicted of first-degree murder by showing extreme indifference to life and other crimes in the death of 25-year-old Angela Wimmer in the Denver suburb of Lakewood. The 48-year-old apologized to her family in court, said that he wished he had never started drinking and would try to honor Wimmer by helping others.
Prosecutors say he had a blood-alcohol level over four times the legal limit and was driving 70 mph (113 kph) in a 40 mph (64 kph) zone in a pickup truck when he rear-ended Wimmer’s car last September. Three people were also injured in the collision.