Mar. 17—The man accused of causing a fatal wreck after fleeing a police stop in a stolen vehicle had his trial pushed back again, this time to October.
James Michael Kramer, 38, is charged with first-degree murder — extreme indifference in the death of 93-year-old Joe Gold on Oct. 28 in Longmont.
Under Colorado law, a person commits first-degree murder — extreme indifference if “under circumstances evidencing an attitude of universal malice manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life generally, he knowingly engages in conduct which creates a grave risk of death to a person, or persons, other than himself, and thereby causes the death of another.”
Kramer is also charged with vehicular eluding resulting in death, vehicular eluding causing injury, vehicular homicide, vehicular assault, second-degree assault with a deadly weapon, reckless driving, possession of a controlled substance, driving under restraint, driving through a red light, two counts of third-degree assault and four counts of violation of bond.
Kramer was initially set for trial in October 2022 and then March, but both of those trial dates were canceled.
He is now set for a two-week trial starting Oct. 16, according to court records.
Kramer remains in custody without bond.
Police said Kramer was driving in a suspected stolen vehicle when police attempted to pull him over on Ninth Avenue on Oct. 28, 2021, in Longmont.
According to police, Kramer sped away from the attempted stop, causing police to call off the pursuit. About a mile east of the attempted traffic stop, Kramer’s vehicle collided with Gold’s 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe that was traveling southbound at Ninth Avenue and Pace Street.
Gold was declared dead at the scene.
Longmont police said two other people in a third vehicle were also injured, as was a woman in Kramer’s vehicle.
Kramer told police he tried to brake, but that one of his shoes got caught under the brake pedal. Police did find and arrest Kramer without one of his shoes, and a shoe was later found in the driver’s side of the vehicle.
But Longmont police said electronic data from the truck Kramer was driving showed that in the five seconds prior to the crash, Kramer was able to slow down from about 60 mph to about 50 mph before hitting the accelerator and getting back up to about 60 mph when the collision happened.