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Patrick Layden.

The driver involved in a fatal car crash in Denver’s West Highland neighborhood earlier this month has been charged with vehicular homicide, District Attorney Beth McCann announced.

In addition to vehicular homicide, 49-year-old Patrick Layden has also been charged with vehicular assault and two counts of first-degree assault. The charges carry a collective potential sentence of 13 to 41 years in prison.

The crash on April 10 resulted in the death of 46-year-old Bradley Brubaker and the serious injury of his young daughter.

Prosecutors allege that Layden was speeding, crossing double yellow lines and running a red light when he struck Brubaker’s car in the intersection of 32nd Avenue and Lowell Boulevard. 

According to a probable cause statement, Layden was driving on West 32nd Avenue at 11:52 a.m., approaching a red light at Lowell Boulevard. While speeding, Layden crossed double yellow lines, passed a car and ran the red light.

In the intersection, Layden T-boned Brubaker’s Subaru as he was going northbound on Lowell Boulevard through a green light.

After the crash, both vehicles ricocheted off each other and hit seven other vehicles parked on West 32nd Avenue, the statement said. However, no one else was hurt.

According to public records, Layden was previously arrested for DUI in 1999 and 2000 in Denver. In 2000, charges from the same incident were dismissed, including driving without a valid license, stopping in a roadway and DUI per se.

Layden’s next scheduled court appearance is Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. in courtroom 2300.

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