Drunk Driver Who Drove Wrong Way On Interstate, Caused Fatal Head-On, Gets Maximum Sentence

WELD COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – The driver involved in a deadly crash in Weld County has been sentenced to 37 years in prison.

Prosecutors say Alex Rodriguez, 25, was drunk last Thanksgiving when he got on Interstate 25 and drove 10 miles in the wrong direction. He then crashed head on into another vehicle.

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Alex Rodriguez (credit: CBS)

Nineteen-year-old Kyle Nackos was killed and 16-year-old Nash Rider was critically injured.

“Although the maximum sentence will never bring Kyle back or make Nash all the way whole, it brings some closure to what we are feeling,” said Scott Nackos, Kyle’s father.

For the families of two Windsor teenagers — once promising success stories — a sentence of 37 years in prison for the driver who hit them brings some justice, but does not take away their pain.

“Kyle Nackos and Nash Rider did not deserve this and this should have never happened to them or their families,” said Madison Young, Kyle’s girlfriend.

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(credit: Family of Nash Rider)

“For the amount of time he spends in jail is nothing compared to the loss these two families will have to endure for the rest of their lives,” friend Tori Hartman said.

It was Rodriguez’s second DUI.

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(credit: Family of Kyle Nackos)

“This was a horrific accident that happened. I made a huge mistake, but I am a good person,” Rodriguez said.

In sentencing him to the maximum, a judge said Rodriguez already had a shot at rehabilitation and hopes to send a message to the community — one the teens’ families echo.

Prosecutors say with parole eligibility it’s likely Rodriguez will only spend about 13 years of his 37-year-sentence in prison.

 

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  1. Ken Sifford says:

    My son, also named Kyle, was 26 when he was killed by a drunk driver 11-6-2015. He was my only child. The woman who murdered him had a blood alcohol level of .218 an hour and a half after the accident. She was sentenced to 10 years. This took place in El Paso County at 6:20 in the morning. Kyle was on his way to work as a welder at 6:20 in the morning when she blew through a stop sign in Ellicott and rendered his welding truck almost unrecognizable. Until the laws change and the maximum penalties are given, more people will know the absolute heartache of losing a loved one. Our lives will never be the same and part of me died with Kyle. His little boy is now growing up without his daddy and will only know him through memories.I have zero sympathy for drunk drivers. They choose to drive drunk.

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