Duo due for sentencing in fatal Aurora DUI hit-and-run


Two drunk drivers who police say caused a fatal hit-and-run crash that took the life of a motorcyclist are set for sentencing this week in Arapahoe County District Court.

Dustin James Beers, 26, of Centennial, and Paden Alan Clements, 23, of Wheat Ridge, both accepted plea agreements with prosecutors in November and avoided trials on multiple felony charges stemming from the August 2014 crash that killed Derek Dahl.

Beers, who was charged with vehicular homicide, leaving the scene of an accident involving death, driving under the influence, driving with a canceled license and other traffic offenses, pleaded guilty to one count of DUI vehicular homicide, said Michelle Yi, a spokeswoman for the Arapahoe County District Attorney’s office.

At sentencing Jan. 22, Beers faces between four and 12 years in a halfway house, Yi said.

Clements was charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving death, driving with a suspended license and other traffic offenses. He pleaded guilty to one count of reckless vehicular homicide and faces between two and six years in prison, Yi said.

According to police, Clements was driving a truck following Beers Aug. 25, 2014, when the two turned left onto South Moline Street from East Mississippi Avenue in front of an oncoming motorcycle.

Dahl was riding a motorcycle on Mississippi and laid the motorcycle down in an attempt to avoid Beers’ truck when Clements ran him over, police said.

Police said both trucks stopped and the drivers saw Dahl, but both drivers quickly got back into their trucks and drove away.

Police later arrested both in south Aurora.