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Crash case in DA’s hands

Officials expect decision in the next month regarding whether charges will be filed in fatality

Posted: June 13, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: June 13, 2012 1:55 a.m.
 

Evidence linking the driver of a Ford Mustang to the late-night crash that killed his best friend and passenger has been presented to the District Attorney’s Office, an official said Tuesday.

“This case has been presented to the D.A. for consideration,” said Sheriff’s Department Detective Mike Shapiro. “We have been working very hard on this case, and we still are — the investigation continues.”

Officials are hoping to hear more from the District Attorney’s Office within the month on the case involving 19-year-old Colt Doherty, the driver of the car that crashed into a tree on Sand Canyon Road on the night of Jan. 10, killing passenger Dakota J. DeMott, also 19. The D.A. will review the case and decide whether criminal charges are warranted, Shapiro said.

“We’d like to get this case resolved for all the families and friends involved and bring them at least some level of closure,” Shapiro said.

Shapiro has received numerous tips — some anonymous and some not — concerning the crash, which have helped the department’s investigation.

“We’re always looking for additional information and we’re thankful for all the tips we’ve received,” he said.

A second vehicle and driver in the case have been identified, but Shapiro wouldn’t specify their identity or what their involvement in the crash might be, if any.

Doherty was taken to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital the night of the crash and placed on life support until late January. He was released from the hospital several months ago but has been participating in physical therapy, Shapiro said.

Doherty suffered a brain injury in the crash, his mother Kimberly Doherty said in January.

DeMott died of multiple traumatic injuries suffered in the crash, coroner’s official Ed Winter said Tuesday. His funeral was held Jan. 18.

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