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Man accused of fatal 2022 crash north of Boulder pleads not guilty, stands trial

Aug.18 – A Longmont man charged with causing a fatal head-on collision just north of Boulder in 2022 pleaded not guilty today and was set for trial in March.

David Blattner, 52, is charged with vehicular homicide – reckless, reckless driving, driving on the wrong side of a dual carriageway, driving with a driver’s license and driving without a seatbelt in connection with the crash that killed Erik Shepard, 27.

Blattner will appear in court on February 5 for a hearing before a five-day trial on March 11. Blattner is currently in custody on $125,000 total bail, according to online court records.

According to an affidavit, on January 20, 2022, Blattner was traveling west on US 36 just north of Boulder at the 32-mile mark in an Audi A4 when he crossed the centerline and struck Shepard’s Honda head-on.

Emergency responders and witnesses who stopped at the accident told police that Blattner appeared to be intoxicated, and investigators found seven empty alcohol canisters in his car.

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According to the affidavit, Blattner told investigators he reached for a lighter and did not see the other vehicle.

Blatter said he had taken methamphetamine a few days before the crash and it sometimes affects his driving ability. He couldn’t remember if he had been drinking.

According to the affidavit, a toxicology report found traces of methamphetamine and THC in his system, but no alcohol.

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