FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MONDAY, MARCH 28, 2016
Contact: John Bryan, PIO JBryan@da5.us
BRECKENRIDGE, COLORADO – Steven James Gravatt, 55, of Blue River, Colorado, was sentenced today in Summit County Court to six years in the Department of Corrections (DOC) for Vehicular Homicide (Class 4 Felony) and four years concurrent for 3rd Degree Arson (Class 4 Felony) in connection with the August 31st hit and run death of 25 year-old Christina Martinez Hernandez in Breckenridge. Gravatt plead guilty in January.
“The crime was aggravated by the Defendant’s conduct, as he tried to cover his tracks,” said District Attorney Bruce Brown. “We appreciate the fine work of Breckenridge PD in bringing justice to Christina and her family; and, we hope they can begin the healing process now,” Brown added.
Christina Martinez Hernandez was found about 20 feet from the curb at the 600 block of Airport Road near Rankin Avenue at 11 p.m. on August 31st. She was pronounced dead at the scene around 11:30 pm.
On September 10th, 2015 Gravatt was charged with Vehicular Homicide, Tampering with Evidence, Failure to Remain at the Scene After an Accident Involving Death and Arson following an investigation that linked his burned Silver Volkswagen Tiguan, which was found in a Denver junkyard, with surveillance video showing the vehicle near the scene of the crime on the night that Martinez was killed.
The investigation, which was led by the Breckenridge Police Department, included the Colorado State Patrol, the FBI, the Denver Police Department, the Denver Fire Department, and the Colorado Information Analysis Center.
Note: All persons charged with crimes are presumed innocent until the contrary is proven in a court of law.