Lucas Ackerman, driver in fatal July 4 Grand Lake crash, has past DUI bust

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More photos, videos below.
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.

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 spectacular.

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A look at the crash site the day after.
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.

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.

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Another look at the crash site.
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.

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.

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Lucas Ackerman.
Continue for our previous coverage of the fatal crash in Grand Lake and the Windsor fireworks-related fire, including photos and videos.

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cctaber
cctaber

All the media tells you are negatives, NOT the WHOLE story. After all, would the WHOLE truth sell news? I think not. Hasn't anyone realized that he hasn't been in trouble for 11 years? Could there be a reason for that? The DA doesn't know if they have as strong a case this week as he believed Friday, July 5th? Could there be a reason for that? This society always judges before getting all of the facts. We are ALL guilty of that. 

Becca Feiner
Becca Feiner

Utter lack of concern for who they might kill to get the short-term payoff they want. Addiction *plus* arrogance.

Chris Grundemann
Chris Grundemann

because alcohol lowers inhibition, making it easier to do stupid shit?

Jeremy Freund
Jeremy Freund

If they really wanted these people off the streets they would take their license away for life after the first DUI like some european countries do and they would start investing more tax revenue into better public transportation systems for the cities in this country instead of more and more law enforcement.. It would be a win win because it would cut back on traffic and pollution in general and allow people who did want to go have a few drinks a safe and affordable way to get around town

Jeremy Freund
Jeremy Freund

I think it's proof that the criminal justice system in this country does absolutely nothing to rehabilitate people or change their behavior. DUI's are all about generating revenue for the state and have very little to do with the states genuine concern for public safety...

Gregg Darren
Gregg Darren

There is no motivation to offer safe and affordable alternatives to driving. Cab companies suck, and will continue to suck because they are afforded a monopoly.

Alison Burton
Alison Burton

Alcoholism requires rehabilitation and an intervention with severe ultimatums and consequences for not choosing rehabilitation should be the only way alcoholics can earn back the right to drive. NJ has something like a 3 strikes policy, strike one, loss of license minimum 6 months, strike 2 loss of license for minimum of a year, strike 3 bye bye license. All can be accompanied by varying lengths of jail time, rehabilitation courses/rehab, and fines up the wazoo. Idk... sometimes even this isnt enough to set an addict straight... its really sad.

Beth Gonnaget
Beth Gonnaget

because in CO we generate the 2nd highest revenues nationally per DUI, not to mention all the jobs that depend on secondary services etc... After all, who is more likely to be a lucrative repeat customer than a person who already cant stop drinking.

Gregg Darren
Gregg Darren

Because society is set up to create revenue for enforcement of DUI. It is not set up to allow people safe, affordable alternatives to driving.

Steve At Work
Steve At Work

The man is deservedly floating down Shit Creek without a paddle.

Colleen Luckett
Colleen Luckett

Syd - I'm gathering the summary there is, "I'm a victim, and it's everyone else's fault. Waaah." ;-)

Syd Tastic
Syd Tastic

What on earth are you attempting to say? All I can gather is that whatever your message, you wish to convey it loudly.

Deborah Watts
Deborah Watts

HA..by the NEGLIGENT CORRECTION DEPARTMENT? FOOL!

Deborah Watts
Deborah Watts

I personally know, 2 people that have had at least 9 to 10 DUIs. They are still drinking and driving. The NEGLIGENT and PREJUDICE government has a big part of allowing and ENABLING these people to continue their dangerous behaviors. I know one, was again arrested in 01-2013. In the mid 90s, he was arrested. At 9am in a dump truck with inadequate breaks and suspended licence. His brother aka boss, would give him the keys. These guys go to jail, then through probation/parole. Repeatedly and still the Department of CORRECTIONS, gets paid for CORRECTIONS. The other friend, had/has a breathalyzer on his car. He would go get it calibrated, then go get his other car. That probably was in his daughter's name, who did not have a driver licence. FUNNY, I am the bad guy, when I complain to the NEGLIGENT LAW and or CORRECTION Department. Compound things more. DRUNKS can KILL and still sell alcohol. But, I can not work selling medical marijuana. Due to a small, then trumped up student loan. That I offered to make payments on, and was refused. The scam student loan would have been paid off by now, had they accepted my payments. I have had enough of being a second class citizen to CRIMIRANTS and LOOSER DRUNKS! YOUWHO you are second class too!

Richard Sebastian
Richard Sebastian

A mind that live without it and a body that can't take it. Alcoholism is rough! No joke. Your either a normal drinker or a drunk. He wasn't willing to take advantage of the resources to stay sober

Michelle Concha
Michelle Concha

Alcoholism is an addiction which is in control of the user and I agree with Jessica above. When the addiction rules the mind all common sense is out the door. There's no such thing as consequences when you're being controlled by an addiction.

Doug Hubka
Doug Hubka

Little enforcement of preventive measures. No reason for them to stop. If they had any concern for their fellow man, they wouldn't have done it on the first place. Actually , they are just assholes.

Mane Rok
Mane Rok

Because they're addicts. But no ones slowing down the cash cow coors has going on, now are they?

Syd Tastic
Syd Tastic

Alcoholism. I think maybe repeat offenders need mandatory rehab.

Evelyn Maria
Evelyn Maria

He obviously didn't spend enough time in jail or they need to be banned from ever getting a license again

nwerle
nwerle

more drunks  you pieces  of SHIT need to DIE!

Paula Abolafia
Paula Abolafia

I told em' to light blunts instead of that dangerous shit. Nobody listens, the world will be a better place without them.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

When I used to drink & if I were leaving the neighborhood, I'd take the wheel w/o a 2nd thought .

I'm the 'luckiest' cripple EVER, and that I wasn't the hammered driver as is being reported on here, is nothing short of a miracle !!! 20 yrs of driving under the influence and only one D.U.I. It only took one . I quit drinking shortly afterwards ....

hustlebustle
hustlebustle

PS I could have wrote this samething about the same person if he was anyother race too. Point is ALL races are idiots. They ALL commit crimes. They ALL have drunks and drug addicts. They all have people who steal. And they ALL have great people who do their best to break down stereotypes. I wrote the first message because when I see a mexican drunk driver or black kids robbing people, I see all the hateful commients about their race. Well here it is folks a nice ole white man from the mountains killed innocent people. It can happen to anyone. The problem here is drinking and driving and in anyother story abotu the crime, not race.

hustlebustle
hustlebustle

Stupid white drunk drivers! Trailer trash people!!!! Whites are nothing but drunks and meth addicts. Bet this guy has a meth lab up in the mountains. 

Michelle Concha
Michelle Concha

My husband whom I'm currently separated from is one of these drunk driving idiots. One year ago this month he was in a drunk driving accident and thankfully only hurt himself and no one else. I had hoped this was a life changing even for him as it was for me but apparently the one who should've caught a clue did not. It took less than a year before he was wanting to drink again. I made the choice not to stick around for more of his destructive behavior.

Steve At Work
Steve At Work

Have another swig, dumbass. Enjoy the showers.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Fireworks ARE illegal in most parts of Colorado . 

Be safe, & leave it up to the professionals !

OR,

face stiff penalties which could include both fines & jail time !!!


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Gregg Darren ... proof that monopolies KILL!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Beth Gonnaget  ... just wait until the apply that SAME $$ MODEL to all the DUI-MARIJUANA cases that A64 has set-up for slaughter.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@Michelle Concha  

Good for you !

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@Half Aspen  

Group shower reference .

Nice !

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