Drunk Driver Hit Tow Truck Driver Responding to D.U.I.
On July 31, 2011, Zachariah Dobler, 28, was driving through an accident scene at about 1:30 a.m. Arvada, Colorado. Police and fire personnel were still on the scene, which was in a cone zone. Officers were directing traffic, while their lights flashed as a warning to approaching vehicles. Alan Dilley, 41, a tow-truck driver who was wearing reflective stripes, was on the scene to haul the totaled car away, when Dobler charged through the accident scene without stopping and hit Dilley, throwing him about 120 feet. Officers quickly caught up with Dobler, whose car had extensive damage to the front, and ordered him out of the vehicle. Dobler did not initially comply, denied drinking and said that he thought he had hit something, and was planning to stop and check his car at the next light.
Once in custody, a blood draw revealed that Dobler had a .223 B.A.C. and his record showed that he had several alcohol-related priors. His license had been revoked for three alcohol-related convictions, and for frequent traffic violations. When Dobler was again allowed back into the driver's seat, he was issued an interlock license, which means he could legally only drive cars that would shut off if they detected the presence of alcohol. He was arrested and charged with vehicular homicide and murder after Dilley was pronounced dead at the hospital. Dobler pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 48 years, for vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of an accident, the maximum allowed.
As an aside, Westword.com
reported that Dobler hand wrote a note to the judge saying that his criminal activity was the result his suffering from "male stress syndrome" and that in prison he had found the tools to fix himself.