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Driver of crash gets six years in prison

February 20, 2019

JUNEAU -- Steven Cummings, 28, of Loveland, Colorado, was sentenced Thursday by Dodge County Circuit Court Judge Brian Pfitzinger for a crash that occurred in August 2017.

Pfitzinger ordered that Cummings spend six years in prison with an additional four years of extended supervision for use of a vehicle with controlled substance in blood-great bodily harm. Cummings was ordered to pay $18,975 in restitution to the victim. Pfitzinger called Cummings’ behavior “a case of the most aggravated nature.”

On Aug. 13, 2017, Cummings was operating a vehicle with unregistered plates, no insurance and without a valid driver’s license. Cummings was traveling at roughly 20-30 miles over the speed limit when he attempted to check his cell phone, veered off the road, hit the curb and flipped the car causing his passengers to sustain life threatening injuries. One of the passengers suffered numerous broken bones, the loss of his toes and a permanent loss of sight.

Dodge County District Attorney Kurt Klomberg said Cummings is a long-term drug abuser with an untreated addiction. Cummings had alcohol, marijuana and cocaine in his system at the time of the crash. “People like Cummings present a substantial risk to the public, especially when they’re high and behind the wheel of a car,” Klomberg said.