Cliggett found guilty on three counts in fatal bicycle accident
Sentencing scheduled for January
By Mark Reaman and Katherine Nettles
Crested Butte resident Charles “Chuck” Cliggett was found guilty by a jury on Thursday, November 2 of three counts related to an accident that resulted in the death of local bicyclist 71-year-old Mitch Hoffman. Cliggett was driving south on Highway 135 near Crested Butte South on November 7, 2022 when he struck Hoffman who was on a road bike also heading south.
Jury deliberation started Wednesday afternoon following three days of trial proceedings. The jury reconvened on Thursday morning and deliberated for a total of six hours before reaching their unanimous verdict, according to Gunnison County court clerks.
The 73-year-old Cliggett sat quietly in the courtroom as Judge Deborah Grohs read the verdicts shortly after 1 o’clock. He was found not guilty of vehicular homicide, but the jury found him guilty of careless driving resulting in death, improperly overtaking a bicycle on the left, and criminally negligent homicide. At the request of the defense attorney, the jury was polled, and all answered that that was what they had voted.
A pre-sentence investigation was ordered and a sentencing date of Monday, January 8, 2024 at 8:30 a.m. in Gunnison County court. We will have more information in the next edition of the Crested Butte News.