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Man arrested in connection with Park County crash that killed 3-year-old

Troopers said the suspect was passing cars in a no-passing zone before the crash Nov. 9 on Highway 9 near Alma.
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PARK COUNTY, Colo. — A man has been arrested in connection with a crash that killed a 3-year-old and injured several others in Park County in November, according to the Colorado State Patrol (CSP).

Troopers said the crash happened Nov. 9 on Highway 9 near Alma. The suspect, 37-year-old Juan Huante-Juarez, was passing cars in a no-passing zone before the crash, troopers said. His Chevrolet Silverado crashed head-on into a Honda Pilot, killing a 3-year-old child and causing serious injuries to the driver of the Honda. Other passengers in both vehicles sustained minor injuries, troopers said. 

Huante-Juarez was arrested this week in El Paso County, according to court records. CSP said he is charged with:

  • First-degree murder
  • Child abuse causing death
  • Two counts of first-degree assault
  • Vehicular Homicide 
  • Vehicular Assault
  • Two counts of child abuse
  • Third-degree assault
  • Reckless Endangerment
  • Multiple traffic-related charges

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