Two sentenced for selling alcohol to woman who caused fatal crash

Two Colorado liquor store employees were convicted this week of selling alcohol to a customer who was visibly drunk and who caused a fatal accident in 2019, reports CBS Denver. The customer, Lindsey Ward, left the store and crashed head-on with another vehicle, killing Benjamin Mitton, 41, and Nichole Gough, 43.
Cody Moral, 26, and Avran Lefeber, 38, both from Breckenridge, have been sentenced to legal costs and fines of $ 800. The couple must also complete training in intervention procedures and write an apology letter to the victims' families.
Vehicle occupied by the victims Nichole Gough (driver) and Benjamin Mitton (passenger) after the accident. / Credit: 5th Judicial District
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"Although Ms. Ward did not consume the alcohol she bought from Moral and Lefeber, they knew she looked abnormal and was required not to sell to her at the time," said Stephanie Cava, assistant 5th district attorney.
Investigators said Ward admitted to drinking on the day of the fatal crash. Moral and Lefeber said she was "tired" when she bought alcohol at the Breckenridge Market & Liquor Store. The men offered her a ride home but said Ward refused.
Ward pulled off the road after exiting the liquor store and then corrected too much, crossing the center line and causing the head-on collision. The Colorado State Patrol estimated Ward's blood alcohol level at the time of the crash at 0.290 g / 100 mL, more than three times the legal limit.
As of November 1, the Colorado Department of Transportation reported 168 traffic fatalities involving a disabled driver, up 14% from 2019 despite lower traffic. The largest increase in excessive alcohol consumption this year was seen in western states, including Colorado, according to CDOT.
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