Defendant Convicted of Vehicular Homicide for Causing Fatal Crash While Driving at Speeds Upwards of 167 MPH and Livestreaming on Facebook
Brighton, CO —Today, District Attorney Brian Mason is announcing the Vehicular Homicide conviction of Bryan Kirby, 24. An Adams County Jury reached its verdict on Thursday, July 15, 2021, after four days of trial.
On October 13, 2018, Bryan Kirby was live streaming to his Facebook account while driving along E470. During the live stream, the vehicle’s speed fluctuated between 120 and 150 miles per hour. At one point, Kirby accelerated to 167 miles per hour, addressed the live stream, and said, “we cruise at 140.”
Kirby continued to drive at speeds between 140 and 155 miles per hour while making comments to the viewers on the live stream about the speed at which he was driving. Near the end of the live stream, Kirby accelerated from 117 miles per hour to 120 miles per hour. 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 live stream as the phone appeared to tumble around the interior of the vehicle, and the video abruptly stopped. Following the crash, Kirby fled the area and the victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
“The incredibly reckless actions of this defendant caused the death of an innocent victim,” said District Attorney Brian Mason. “He not only acted in a manner that ultimately caused someone’s death, he live-streamed it on social media for the world to see. This death was preventable. Recklessly driving at an outrageous speed and live streaming at the same time is not acceptable in this community. I appreciate the jury returning a guilty verdict in this horrific case.”
On Thursday, July 16, 2021, an Adams County Jury convicted Bryan Kirby of three felony counts including,
Leaving the Scene of an Accident Causing Death
Kirby will be sentenced on September 10, 2021, at 9:30am.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Todd Bluth and Deputy District Attorney Sara Carty led the prosecution of this case.
District Attorney Mason assumed the oath of office on January 12, 2021. The 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office endeavors to seek justice on behalf of the citizens of Adams and Broomfield counties in felony and misdemeanor cases. DA Mason and his staff are dedicated to transforming the criminal justice system to better serve the citizens of the 17th Judicial District.
Ms. Gazelka is a forensic therapist and clinician in Denver, Colorado. She is currently focused on providing therapy and assessment services to adult offenders in the community corrections and parole systems as a supervisor at Correctional Psychology Associates (CPA). Her education and career have been devoted to the intersection of psychology and law since 2000. Ms. Gazelka has been working within the field of forensic and correctional psychology since 2006, providing therapy in the community and acute mental health care and risk assessments in county jails. She has practiced as a Licensed Professional Counselor since June 2012. She also became a Licensed Addiction Counselor in March 2014. She was listed as a full operating level DVOMB Approved Provider in June 2019 and started a fledgling DV program oriented to Colorado’s Department of Corrections at CPA in September 2019. Ms. Gazelka was appointed to the Domestic Violence Offender Management Board (DVOMB) in March 2019 and has started her second term with the board. Ms. Gazelka has been recognized for her work as Contributor of the Year at CPA in 2010 and 2012, as well as having been awarded an Alumni Impact Award for her forensic work in the community by University of Denver’s GSPP in 2019. Ms. Gazelka received her Master of Arts degree in Forensic Clinical Psychology from University of Denver's Graduate School of Professional Psychology in 2009. Ms. Gazelka also received her Juris Doctorate from William Mitchell College of Law in 2007, obtaining attorney’s licenses in both Minnesota and Colorado (currently inactive).
Alex Castro Croy
Alex Castro Croy is a bilingual, bicultural, Trauma and Addiction Counselor and owner/Lead Clinician of Life Recovery Centers in Denver and Northglenn Colorado.
A first-generation immigrant from Mexico who accomplished his dream in higher education receiving an AA in Pastoral Ministry (Dallas, Texas), Bachelor of Science in Human Services (MSU in Denver, Colorado) and MA in Community Counseling from Regis University (Denver, Co). He is continuing to pursue his MA/Ph.D. from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Jungian and Archetypal Studies.
Alex’s passion includes training, teaching, counseling, and consulting. He has been an Adjunct Professor for the Human Services Department at MSU-Denver for 9 years. He has served as an Interventionist for the Latino GLBTQ community, Drug Court Probation Officer at Denver Juvenile Court Probation (8 years), Bilingual Diversion Officer for Denver DA office (5 years), and currently owner and director of Life Recovery Centers (7 years). He has worked with a variety of clients from all walks of life and his eclectic therapeutic interventions have proven to be effective in treating trauma and addiction.
Thea Wessel is an addictions counselor with a private practice in Colorado. She has been working in the criminal and addiction fields for thirteen years. Ms. Wessel earned her Masters in forensic psychology from the University of Denver and has her LPC, LAC, MAC, NCAAC, and ADS. She is working towards her Ph.D. in Transpersonal Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies. Ms. Wessel continually challenges herself and others to provide quality addiction treatment and ways to continue to educate the community about addiction issues.