Man faces 15 charges after fatal five-car crash in Lakewood

Posted at 7:20 AM, Oct 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-11 09:24:36-04

GOLDEN, Colo. — The man who is accused of causing a fatal five-car crash in Lakewood in late September was officially charged on Wednesday.

Todd Kenneth Grudznske, 47, faces 15 charges, including first-degree murder with extreme indifference, after he allegedly failed to stop at a red light, causing a deadly five-vehicle crash.

The crash happened on Sept. 30 at the intersection of West Colfax Avenue and Kipling Street. Lakewood police were called to the scene to investigate the collision.

According to the affidavit, Angela Wimmer, 25, was driving a gray Mazda and was stopped at a red light southbound on Kipling. A GMC truck, driven by Grudznske, failed to slow down and stop for the light and hit the back of Wimmer’s car at a high rate of speed. Three vehicles traveling eastbound on Colfax were also involved in the crash.

Wimmer was transported to a hospital, where she died of her injuries. Grudznske was arrested for investigation on DUI and vehicular homicide charges. 

On Wednesday in Jefferson County District Court, Grudznske was advised of his charges:

  • First-degree murder after deliberation
  • Three counts of attempted second-degree murder
  • Vehicular homicide – DUI
  • First-degree assault
  • Three counts of attempted first-degree assault
  • Vehicular homicide – reckless
  • Fourth DUI or subsequent DUI
  • Violation of a protection order
  • Reckless driving
  • Two counts of crimes of violence

Grudznske is being held without bond at the Jefferson County jail. His preliminary hearing was set for Nov. 1 at 10 a.m.