Protesters demand “Justice for Barbara” in Huntress vehicular homicide case

ALAMOSA — On Tuesday, a small group of protesters gathered outside the Alamosa offices of Alonzo Payne, District Attorney for the 12th Judicial District. The individuals were there protesting the DA’s alleged intention to offer a deferred sentence to Jason Huntress accused of vehicular homicide and other charges in the Nov. 25, 2019 death of Barbara Vigil, 73, of Saguache. If both offered and accepted, the deferred sentence would not require Huntress to spend any time in prison.

As the incident was reported at the time by Mary Lowers with the Crestone Eagle, “a 2019 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup driven by Jason Huntress, 25, of Boulder was traveling southbound toward Moffat at a high rate of speed. Barbara Vigil traveling northbound in her 2004 Chevy Blazer was turning left from Hwy 17 onto Moffat Way when the Dodge collided with the right side of her vehicle…Barbara Vigil was declared dead from her injuries at the scene. CSP says speed is a factor in this crash.”

The protest is part of a campaign that also includes Letters to the Editor, all designed to raise public awareness about the case, the loss of the victim’s life and the possible outcome.

When asked to confirm plans to offer a deferred sentence to Mr. Huntress, DA Payne said he could neither confirm nor deny what has been offered at this stage in the process.

Huntress is next scheduled to appear via WebEx in the Saguache Combined Court on March 16, 2021, for a Plea Hearing.