NORTHGLENN, Colo. -- Northglenn police arrested the stepfather of two teenage siblings killed in a crash on suspicion that he beat to death the driver of the other car after the accident in March. An arrest affidavit alleges Phillip Chavez assaulted 62-year-old Glenn Ryburn while he was still buckled in his car after the crash. The accident instantly killed 14-year-old Damien Noyes and 13-year-old Angel Noyes, both of Loveland. Chavez was jailed this week, more than two months after the accident. He was being held on $100,000 bond. Ryburn never regained consciousness after the crash and died May 16. The coroner ruled his death was the result of blunt force trauma to his head. Chavez and his family were returning home from a Denver Nuggets game and had pulled to the side of the road on Interstate 25 in Northglenn when they were rear-ended by Ryburn.Damien was an eighth-grader and Angel a seventh-grader at Conrad Ball Middle School. More than 100 students, teachers and some parents gathered at the school to remember them.
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NORTHGLENN, Colo. -- The stepfather of two teenagers killed in a wreck said he stopped to get out of his car when another vehicle slammed into their Ford Escort from behind.
Phillip Chavez told The Denver Post on Sunday his wife asked him to let her drive so he pulled over to make the switch. He said that after he got out, a Chevrolet Blazer slammed into their car on northbound Intestate 25 at 104th Avenue in Northglenn.
The impact crushed the back half of the Ford Escort. Damien Noyes, 14, and his 13-year-old sister, Angel Noyes, were killed instantly."
I heard Reyna (Padilla-Chavez), my wife, screaming," Chavez told the paper. "I look in the back seat, and my kids are dead."
He said he had been their stepfather for eight years and loved them like his own kids.
"They did not deserve the way they had to go. They did not deserve that. They were very good kids," Chavez said.
Their teens' mother, Reyna Padilla-Chavez, suffered minor injuries. The Blazer's driver, Glenn Ryburn, has remained hospitalized at Denver Health Medical Center since the accident.
The family was returning to Loveland after a Nuggets game. It was 12:11 a.m. Saturday.
Police said alcohol is a suspected a factor in the crash, based on the behavior of both drivers and the smell of alcohol on them. Police found at least one open alcohol container in the Escort, said Northglenn Police Cmdr. Steve Sanders. Investigators are awaiting toxicology results from both drivers.
Chavez told reporters that he had two beers at the game and had alcohol in the trunk of the car but he doesn't believe he was intoxicated. Chavez said he was driving home to Loveland when his wife requested that she drive. He said didn't question his wife, he simply pulled over to the gravel area."
I was all the way in the dirt, in the emergency lane, with my hazards (lights) on," Chavez told the Post. "I got out of the car, but my hand was still on the door" when the crash occurred.
Damien was an eighth-grader and Angel a seventh-grader at Conrad Ball Middle School. More than 100 students, teachers and some parents gathered at the school Sunday to remember them. Crisis counselors were called to the school Monday to help their friends and classmates cope with the loss.
Many of the 670 students at the school found out about the fatal crash through text messages.
"I didn't think it was true at first," said eighth-grader Jennifer Gonser, a friend of Damien. "The night of the accident we were hanging out and then I got a text message that he and his sister died in a car crash.
"The funeral will be Friday at Good Shepherd Church, 3429 N. Monroe Ave., in Loveland.
Do you think the death of the "drunk" driver was justifiable? What do you think the step-father's punishment should be?
Edited by Ready To Die, May 29 2008, 02:51 PM