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Zachariah Dobler Charged with First Degree Murder – Extreme Indifference

Zachariah Dobler, 28, of Lakewood, was in court today to be advised of the charges filed against him. Dobler is accused of causing the death of Alan Eugene Dilley, 41, of Wheat Ridge, at an accident scene on July 31.

Alan Dilley was employed by Connolly’s Towing as a tow truck driver. He was preparing to tow a vehicle involved in a DUI collision at W. 58th Avenue and Wadsworth, in Arvada, when he was hit by the SUV alleged to have been driven by Dobler.

According to court records Dobler drove into the active DUI accident investigation scene hitting Alan Dilley. The intersection was lit with activated flashing lights on emergency vehicles. Cones were set out to reroute traffic through the intersection, and firefighters were directing traffic around the cones. Dobler is alleged to have driven through the cone pattern and hit Alan Dilley, throwing him 120 feet. According to court records Dobler did not stop at the scene. He was arrested by Arvada police a few blocks away. Alan Dilley died from his injuries a short time later at St. Anthony’s Hospital.

The District Attorney’s Office has filed the following charges against Dobler:

  1. First Degree Murder – Extreme Indifference (F1);
  2. Vehicular Homicide – DUI (F3);
  3. Aggravated Motor Vehicle Theft (F3);
  4. Leaving the Scene of an Accident Resulting in Death (F3);
  5. Violation of Bail Bond Conditions (F6);
  6. DUI (M);
  7. Evading or Circumventing Ignition Interlock Device (TO1);
  8. Reckless Driving (TO2); and
  9. Violation of a Protection Order (M1)

First Degree Murder can be filed under several theories. In this case First Degree Murder was filed under the theory that Dobler “… unlawfully and feloniously, under circumstances evidencing an attitude of universal malice manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life generally, knowingly engaged in conduct which created a grave risk of death to a person…”

Dobler is being held without bond at the Jefferson County Detention Center.