Man sentenced to 6 years after fatal hit-and-run in Breckenridge
Blue River resident Steven James Gravatt, 55, was sentenced to six years in the Department of Corrections on Monday after entering a guilty plea to vehicular homicide and third-degree arson, both class four felonies.
The charges were part of a plea deal offered by the Fifth Judicial District Attorney’s Office following an Aug. 31 hit-and-run that resulted in the death of 25-year-old Breckenridge resident Christina Martinez Hernandez. Her body was found about 20 feet from the curb at the 600 block of Airport Road at 11 p.m.; she was pronounced dead 30 minutes later.
Breckenridge police arrested Gravatt on Sept. 10, with charges of failure to remain at the scene of an accident involving death, arson and tampering with physical evidence. They were able to identify his car, a silver Volkswagen Tiguan, from compiled video footage. Denver police reportedly located the burned out vehicle in a junkyard, leading to the arrest.
Deputy district attorney John Franks said the class-three felony charge of failing to remain at the scene was dismissed, as well as charges of attempting to influence a public servant, forgery, attempting to tamper with physical evidence, possession of marijuana, driving under restraint and driving without insurance.
He added the marijuana charge stemmed from a statement by Gravatt that he had been on his way to sell marijuana at the time of the accident.
“The crime was aggravated by the defendant’s conduct as he tried to cover his tracks,” District Attorney Bruce Brown said in a statement. “We appreciate the fine work of Breckenridge PD in bringing justice to Christina and her family, and we hope they can begin the healing process now.”
The investigation also included the Colorado State Patrol, the FBI, the Denver Police Department, the Denver Fire Department and the Colorado Information Analysis Center.
After entering a guilty plea in January, Gravatt will face six years for vehicular homicide and arson, with three years mandatory parole.
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