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Colorado Teen Pleads Responsible in Demise of Driver Who Was Hit within the Head by a Rock

Protesters carry balloons to a march on International Workers Day in Santiago Chile Wednesday May 1 2024 AP PhotoMatias Basualdo


GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) — A second teen pleaded responsible on Wednesday within the death of a 20-year-old driver who was hit within the head by a rock that crashed by means of her windshield in suburban Denver final yr.

Below a plea take care of prosecutors, Nicholas Karol-Chik, 19, pleaded responsible to second-degree homicide, saying that he handed a rock to a different teen, Joseph Koenig, who then threw it at Alexis Bartell’s automobile, killing her, on April 19, 2023. Karol-Chik additionally pleaded responsible to tried first-degree homicide for throwing rocks at a complete of 9 those that evening with Koenig and Zachary Kwak, who pleaded guilty last week and earlier within the yr.

Prosecutors have beforehand stated they didn’t know which of the three teenagers threw the rock that killed Bartell, noting that the one DNA discovered on it belonged to her. So they could have to depend on Karol-Chik’s testimony when Koenig, the one defendant nonetheless being prosecuted for first-degree homicide in Bartell’s loss of life, goes on trial in July.

Each Karol-Chik and Kwak agreed to cooperate with prosecutors as a part of their plea agreements. Kwak pleaded responsible to first-degree assault in Bartell’s loss of life, second-degree assault for the three different drivers who have been injured by rocks and tried second-degree assault for the three drivers whose automobiles have been hit by rocks however not injured.

In accordance with details that Karol-Chik admitted to, all three threw rocks at oncoming automobiles that evening, hitting a complete of seven automobiles. Karol-Chik additionally stated that he was sitting within the entrance passenger’s seat when he handed Koenig a big landscaping rock that Koenig, who was driving, then threw at Bartell’s automobile.

Below his plea settlement, Karol-Chik could possibly be despatched to jail for between 35 and 72 years in jail when he’s sentenced Sept. 10.

Karol-Chik, wearing an orange jail jumpsuit and his wrists handcuffed in entrance of him, entered his plea in courtroom as his mother and father watched a number of rows behind him.

He politely answered Decide Christopher Zenisek’s questions on whether or not he understood what he was doing as his mom, sitting on the protection aspect of the courtroom, cried. Bartell’s household and buddies crammed the opposite aspect of the courtroom, a few of them additionally wiping away tears throughout the listening to.

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Protesters carry balloons to a march on International Workers' Day in Santiago, Chile, Wednesday, May 1, 2024. (AP Photo/Matias Basualdo)

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