Charges upped for man accused of crashing SUV into store

DENVER – Following the death of one of the victims, Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey has amended the charges against the man accused of plowing his SUV into an optics store earlier this month to include vehicular homicide and assault.

Ryan Nuanez had previously been charged with three counts of third-degree assault, driving under the influence of drugs and driving under revocation.

Five people -- including Nuanez -- were seriously injured in the crash and the 59-year-old woman who co-owned the store died from her injuries a week later.

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Police say Nuanez was speeding and driving in the wrong direction when he slammed into the store, which is located off South Colorado Boulevard and Amherst Avenue.

Police say they have found evidence indicating that he was under the influence of some kind of drug or narcotic. He was rushed to the hospital after the crash, and police say he suffered serious injuries to his arm.

A 20-year-old woman and 58-year-old man were both taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

Nuanez has been released on a $50,000 bond and is expected to appear in court on August 5.

(KUSA-TV © 2014 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)


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