Last Modified: Thursday, July 19, 2012 8:14 PM
A Sulphur man lied to authorities after his 16-year-old son left the scene of an accident that killed two women, Colorado state police said.
Sixteen-year-old Tristan Martin was driving a 2003 Volvo truck-tractor pulling a horse trailer on Interstate 70 near Limon, Colo., at about 6:30 a.m. Saturday when the rig struck two people changing a tire on the side of the road, Colorado State Patrol Sgt. Mike Baker said in a news release.
Both Shun Jones, 48, of Carrollton, Texas, and Amanda Omo-Iyamu, of Balch Springs, Texas, died as a result of the accident, Baker said. Martin reportedly stopped about a half-mile away from the accident, then left the scene.
Martin’s father, Michael Martin, 37, told police that he had been operating the Volvo at the time of the crash, but authorities later learned that the younger Martin had been driving, Baker said.
Tristan Martin was charged with two felony counts of failing to remain at the scene after an accident involving death, and Michael Martin was charged with one count of false reporting, a misdemeanor.
The Denver Post reported that both were released on bail, $100,000 for Tristan Martin and $500 for Michael Martin.
Police said there had been some question as to whether it was legal for the 16-year-old Martin to be driving a truck-tractor (a semi-truck), but the Colorado state trooper said it was legal as long as it was for private use.