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Mother to plead guilty in crash that killed 10-year-old son, DA's office says

Karena Cecil, 28, is the mother of the child killed in the May 29 crash on I-76, according to Brighton Police Department.

BRIGHTON, Colo. — A woman charged in a deadly Brighton crash that killed a 10-year-old has entered a request to plead guilty, according to the 17th Judicial District Attorney's Office.

Karena Cecil, 28, iss the mother of Gavin Cecil, who died in the May 29 crash on I-76, according to Brighton Police Department.

>Video above from June: 10-year-old who died in Brighton crash remembered.

On Nov. 22, Karena Cecil entered a request to plead guilty to reckless driving resulting in homicide, and the district attorney's office said sentencing is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on Jan. 28.

Credit: Brighton Police Department
Karena Cecil

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Brighton officers responded to the crash at 7:21 p.m. on I-76 near East Bromley Lane, according to the affidavit in the case. An officer who arrived on scene found a heavily damaged white Hyundai facing east in the westbound lanes, the affidavit says.

The driver of the vehicle lost control just east of Eagle Boulevard, crashed into the cable barrier separating the eastbound and westbound lanes, went over the barrier and rolled several times, the affidavit says.

Karena Cecil, another son and a male passenger were injured. Gavin Cecil was transported by ambulance to Platte Valley Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, according to the affidavit.

A Brighton officer on scene detected an alcoholic beverage on Karena Cecil's breath, and a can of Mike's Hard Lemonade was found in the front passenger area of the Hyundai. Karena Cecil admitted to drinking four hours prior to the crash, the affidavit says.

A criminal records search shows Karena Cecil has two prior convictions on alcohol-related traffic convictions in Colorado, in 2017 and 2019. 

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