Driver: 'Numbness' in Legs a Factor in Deadly St. Paul Crash
A St. Paul man has been charged in the death of a 16-year-old St. Paul girl who died after she was hit and killed by a speeding SUV.
The Ramsey County Attorney's Office charged 50-year-old Carlos Viveros-Colorado Friday with one count of criminal vehicular homicide in connection with the death of Clarisse Grime.
Authorities say the incident happened around 1 p.m. Thursday outside of Harding High School, where Grime was attending summer school.
According to authorities, Viveros-Colorado was allegedly driving a SUV at excessively high speeds on Third Street when he misjudged a turn and lost control of the vehicle.
The SUV went off of the road, hit a fire hydrant and mowed over a sign before hitting both Grime and her boyfriend, 17-year-old Eduardo Vazquez-Torres.
Grime died at the scene. Vazquez-Torres, also from St. Paul, was conscious and walking following the crash. He was taken to Regions Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Viveros-Colorado, who stopped following the crash, is currently in custody at the Ramsey County Adult Detention Center.
According to the criminal complaint, Viveros-Colorado spoke to police through an interpreter. He told police his foot was stuck on the accelerator at the time of the incident. He said he has a health problem related to numbness in his legs.
He said the numbness usually lasts about 15 minutes, and he has to rub his legs to get them to work. He admitted it was dangerous for him to drive with his condition, but said he was hoping to make it home from work.
Officers at the scene were approached by Viveros-Colorado's sister, who said he is undocumented and in the United States illegally.
He will make his first court appearance on July 9. Click here to read the complaint.
Meanwhile Friday, family and friends gathered at the spot where Grime was hit. Jessica Vazquez, the aunt of Grime's boyfriend, said the Grime family could not afford to pay for a funeral and asked for donations to be made to the Clarisse Grime Memorial Fund at Wells Fargo Bank.
Click here to read the Grime family's statement.