DUI Driver who Killed 2 People Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison

As stated by a release from the 18th Judicial District, a Littleton man who was driving under the influence of alcohol when he hit and killed two people on a motorcycle was sentenced to 12 years in prison.

On September 5, 2016, 58-year-old Matthew Samuel Smith was traveling south on Parker Road in Aurora when he tried to make a left turn onto East Temple Drive but neglected to yield to oncoming traffic.

His minivan hit the motorcycle driven by 21-year-old Brandon Dobson and Breona Knight, 20, was a passenger on the motorcycle. Both were taken to area hospitals but later died from their injuries.

Samples of Smith’s blood drawn 90 minutes after the crash revealed a blood-alcohol content of 0.054 and presence of cocaine. Police discovered five empty 50 ml bottles of peppermint schnapps in his van along with drug paraphernalia.

A jury convicted Smith of two counts of vehicular homicide DUI, two counts of vehicular homicide reckless driving, two counts of reckless manslaughter, and one count of failure to yield right of way in May.

He was sentenced to six years in the Colorado Department of Corrections for each death, to be served one after the other. Sentences on the other counts will be served simultaneously.

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