Lucas Ackerman, driver in fatal July 4 Grand Lake crash, has past DUI bust
Update: Last week, we shared preliminary information about the arrest of Lucas Ackerman in a fatal crash immediately following a 4th of July fireworks display in Grand Lake; see our previous coverage below, including details about a fire following a similar July 4 event in Windsor.
More photos, videos below.
Now, we know considerably more about Ackerman, including blood-alcohol-content figures immediately following the accident and his past criminal record, which includes a drunk-driving arrest.
As we've reported, five people were struck by a Ford pickup truck allegedly driven by Ackerman as they crossed Highway 34 after the conclusion of Grand Lake's renowned annual patriotic sale.
Survivors include Debbie Westley, 49, two females, ages nineteen and ten, and a three-year-old male, all of whom were helicoptered to Denver-area hospitals with injuries ranging from minor to serious. But Debbie's husband Greg, fifty, was pronounced dead at the scene.
A look at the crash site the day after.
Friends of the Westleys who spoke with the Denver Post described them as a close-knit family that takes RV vacations together and enjoys celebrating Halloween as a group.
Ackerman appears to have attended the fireworks extravaganza with his kin as well; while the two children who were inside his truck with him at the time of impact (along with an unidentified woman) have not been ID'd by the Colorado State Patrol, they're presumed to be his two kids, ages seven and eight.
Another look at the crash site.
But a police report accessed by Sky-Hi News documents some risky behavior on Ackerman's part -- specifically the pre-drive consumption of six or seven beers, which reportedly pushed his blood-alcohol level to 0.156, around twice the legal intoxication limit.
Also revealed is Ackerman's criminal past, which begins with a 1997 bust for possession and consumption of alcohol by a minor. Other marks on his record include misdemeanor assault, a harassment conviction, a guilty plea for disorderly conduct and drunk driving, for which he spent sixteen days in jail.
Ackerman made his first court appearance by video from Grand County Jail, where he was being held on a $40,000 bond. He's been charged with vehicular homicide and four counts of assault for driving under the influence of alcohol, plus child abuse and under-the-influence weapon possession.
Look below to see a 7News report about Ackerman, a larger look at his booking photo and our previous coverage.