Hit-and-run suspect makes initial appearance in court
Prosecutors may motion to move a fatal hit-and-run case from county court to the Summit County District Court. Steven Gravatt, a 55-year-old Blue River man, is accused of hitting and killing 25-year-old Christina Martinez Hernandez.
Deputy district attorney John Franks said that a motion for a direct file must be made by Thursday, which would allow a district court judge to become involved in the case.
“It doesn’t really change any of the procedures, just moves things a little bit faster,” Fifth Judicial District Attorney Bruce Brown said.
After Breckenridge police received a tip regarding the discovery of Gravatt’s burnt-out car in Denver, they were able to interview Gravatt until he turned himself in on Thursday, Sept. 10.
“These are cases that are heavily dependent upon the public’s participation and law enforcement tips,” Brown said. “The key tip in this case appears to come from the defendant’s own misstep in Denver.”
Gravatt was booked into the Summit County Jail with charges of failure to remain at the scene of an accident involving death, a class-three felony, arson, a class-four felony, and tampering with physical evidence, a class-six felony. A $15,000 bond was set on Friday.
While there has been some discussion by the prosecution of filing additional charges, the court has not yet seen any action. Gravatt is scheduled to next appear in court on Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 9 a.m.
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