BRIGHTON, CO — A man was sentenced Friday to 15 years in prison for causing a deadly crash in 2018 while he livestreamed speeding, the Adams County district attorney’s office said.
Bryan Kirby, 44, was found guilty July 15 of vehicular homicide, reckless manslaughter and leaving the scene of an accident causing death.
Kirby was livestreaming to Facebook on Oct. 13, 2018, while he drove along E470 at speeds of between 120 and 150 mph, the DA said. At one point, he accelerated to 167 mph, addressed the livestream, and said, “we cruise at 140,” according to prosecutors.
“Near the end of the livestream, Kirby accelerated from 117 miles per hour to 120 miles per hour,” the DA’s office said in a news release.
“A dark colored sedan was driving in the right lane. Kirby rapidly approached the sedan from the left, crossed over the center lane markings, and struck the rear of the other vehicle while traveling at approximately 120 miles per hour. A loud crunching noise could be heard in the livestream as the phone appeared to tumble around the interior of the vehicle, and the video abruptly stopped.”
Kirby then took off, prosecutors said.
“The victim was pronounced dead at the scene,” the DA’s office said.
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“Mr. Kirby’s unconscionable and reckless actions took a life and destroyed a family,” said District Attorney Brian Mason,” District Attorney Brian Mason said in a statement.
“My hope is this conviction will serve as a warning for others who even contemplate this kind of behavior. Put your phone down when you drive! And do not ever livestream yourself driving a car. Mr. Kirby’s behavior extinguished a life and now he’s going to prison. This simply did not have to happen.”
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