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Truck driver charged with several felonies after deadly crash on I-25 in Weld County

Five members of Wyoming family killed in June crash
6 people killed, 1 injured in 2 separate crashes on NB I-25 in Weld County
Posted at 10:02 PM, Dec 09, 2022
and last updated 2022-12-10 00:02:01-05

A truck driver faces several felony charges following a deadly crash in June on northbound Interstate 25 in Weld County, the Weld County District Attorney's Office announced Friday.

The crash occurred around 1:30 p.m. on June 13 at mile marker 243 and involved four vehicles, including a Kenworth semi-truck. Five people in a 2015 Ford Edge were killed, and the driver of another vehicle suffered minor injuries, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

Troopers said the 26-year-old driver of the semi-truck, later identified as Jesus Puebla, rear-ended the Ford Edge after the SUV slowed for northbound traffic up ahead. The collision set off a series of other crashes involving two other vehicles.

It is believed the Kenworth struck the Ford Edge a second time before the semi-truck hit the cable rail in the median, coming to a stop.

All five victims in the Ford Edge were family members from Gillette, Wyoming, and include:
• Aaron Godines, 20, who was the driver
• Halie Everts, 20
• Christina Godines, 47
• Tessleigh Godines, 3 months
• Emiliano Godines, 51

Puebla was not injured injured in the crash.

Court documents state the semi-truck was traveling at 76 mph at the time of the crash, while the Ford Edge was traveling at roughly 6 mph.

Puebla was charged Wednesday with five counts of vehicular homicide, vehicular assault, careless driving, reckless driving, driving without a commercial driver's license and a commercial vehicle safety violation. He was arrested Thursday.

A court date has not been set as of publication.