Brighton mom Karena Cecil arrested on a suspected DUI crash that killed the 10-year-old – CBS Denver
BRIGHTON, Colo. (CBS4) – Brighton police say Karena Cecil, 27, of Brighton, caused a single vehicle accident that killed a 10-year-old. Police originally reported the child was 11 years old.
Investigators say the victim is Cecil’s child.
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Brighton Police rushed to the scene on Interstate 76 and Bromley Lane at around 7:20 p.m. Saturday.
According to investigators, there were four people in the car who were traveling east when the driver lost control of the vehicle, drifted off the road and rolled in the median. The vehicle landed in the westbound lanes.
According to the police, a man and a child of the four people were in the vehicle. They say the children are siblings and both are Cecil’s children. The man and the second child suffered minor injuries.
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Investigators believe speed and alcohol were factors in the crash. Cecil is now charged with, among other things, vehicle murder, careless driving that leads to injury, two child abuse cases, revoked driving status, DUI and no proof of insurance.
Cecil’s long-term imprisonment record goes back to January 2015. Since then, she has been charged multiple times, including DUI, habitual driving of traffic offenders after revocation and driving without insurance. More serious charges were brought by the Lochbuie Police Department in October 2017, including vehicle evasion, second degree abductions and DUI “with excessive alcohol”.
In this 2017 Lochbuie case, Cecil pleaded guilty to DUI and vehicle evasion, but the child molestation and second-degree kidnapping charges were dropped. She also pleaded guilty to another DUI in May 2019.
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Anyone with information about this crash is encouraged to contact the Brighton Police Department at (303) 288-1535.