Woman charged in fatal crash near Bondad

Steve Garrison
Yolanda Griswold

FARMINGTON — A 36-year-old Farmington woman has been accused of causing the Dec. 11 four-vehicle crash near Bondad, Colo. that killed Jenny Luccous and injured three other people.

Yolanda Griswold was charged Tuesday in La Plata County, Colo., with vehicular homicide, vehicular assault and reckless driving. Griswold is being held on a $10,000 bond at the La Plata County Detention Center, according to court records.

Colorado State Patrol officials previously said Luccous, 25, was driving north on U.S Highway 550 near Bondad, Colo., when she crossed the center line in her 2013 Ford Focus and crashed into a southbound pickup truck.

Colorado State Patrol Trooper Jonathan Silver said Wednesday he investigated the crash and determined Griswold rear-ended Luccous' vehicle, pushing her Ford Focus into oncoming traffic.

Silver said Griswold was using a cell phone at the time of the crash and speeding. Griswold could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

After Luccous' vehicle was rear ended by Griswold's northbound 2007 GMC Denali, the Ford was hit by a southbound 2012 Dodge Ram operated by Andrew Standley, 18, of Bayfield.

Luccous was killed in the crash. Luccous 12-year-old son, Dawson Powers, and her 32-year-old boyfriend, Frank Coleman, were transported to Mercy Regional Medical Center and treated for minor injuries.

A GoFundMe page was created by Coleman's family to pay for Luccous' funeral expenses.

A passenger in the southbound pickup truck, Vicki Jackson, 62, of Moriarty, was also treated for moderate injuries.

"People use (cell phones) while driving and they can create quite a distraction," Silver said. "You combine that with dangerous driving and we have a scenario like that on Dec. 11."

Silver said Griswold did provide a statement to state patrol officers, but declined to discuss the interview.

He said damage to Griswold's vehicle was consistent with a rear-end crash and witnesses told troopers Griswold was driving recklessly.

Jason Harris previously told The Daily Times on Dec. 17 he and his girlfriend arrived at the scene shortly after the crash. He said Luccous' son appeared to have sustained two broken limbs and was crying for his mother to wake up.

Harris comforted the boy at the scene, a gesture for which the boy's father was grateful.

San Juan County Sheriff's Office Capt. Brice Current said Griswold, a former neighbor, was a "good mother and a good person."

"She is very thoughtful and she is always checking in on people," Current said.

Current said Griswold is the mother of two young girls.

Steve Garrison covers crime and courts for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4644.