Dalton McCreary and his friend Jordan Mulumulu were crossing a street in Aurora when a drunk driver ran a red light and barreled towards them. Dalton, just 22 years old, turned and pushed his friend out of the way before he was tragically killed. The drunk driver had a blood alcohol content nearly four times the legal limit and was driving over 70 mph at the time of the crash. After reviewing the driver's history, the decision was made to charge the driver with murder.
The driver, Christopher Tarr, was convicted of second degree murder, attempted second degree murder, vehicular homicide, DUI and reckless driving. At the sentencing hearing, Dalton's family and friends testified about the devastating impact of this crime, as did representatives from Mothers Against Drunk Driving. The judge sentenced Tarr to 40 years in the Department of Corrections.
“The judge delivered a powerful message to this defendant and to the community that we will not tolerate those who repeatedly put innocent drivers and pedestrians at risk by the selfish decision to drink and drive. Like all deaths caused by DUI drivers, this was an entirely avoidable tragedy. I hope this sentence is a wake-up call for anyone who thinks it’s no big deal to get behind the wheel when they’re drunk or high,” said Chief Deputy District Attorney John Kellner.