Vail man arrested for DUI, vehicular homicide in death of California man

By Real Vail
Real AspenMarch 6, 2011
Vail Police are investigating a vehicle-pedestrian collision early this morning on South Frontage Road near Elkhorn Drive that resulted in the death of a California man and DUI and vehicular homicide charges against a Vail man.

Officers responding to a 911 call at 1:50 a.m. found 32-year-old Lewis Edward Cook, III, of Glen Ellen, Calif., unresponsive on the side of the road. They unsuccessfully performed CPR, and Cook was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police say it appears Cook was walking on the side of the road when he was struck by a 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by David Matthew Perzanowski, 29, of Vail, who was still on scene when officers arrived.

Perzanowski was arrested and charged with DUI and vehicular homicide. He is being held on $15,000 bond at the Vail jail pending transfer to the Eagle County Detention Center. Toxicology tests will be performed on Cook.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or saw the victim earlier in the evening should call the Vail Police Department at (970) 479-2200.

comments: 4 Comments on "Vail man arrested for DUI, vehicular homicide in death of California man"

tbooneus – March 06, 2011, at 9:11 p.m.

Lewis Cook was a good friend and many in Austin, Texas will miss him terribly. He was from California, went to Duke, and lived in Austin.

So very sad to hear about this. - Rest in Peace Lewis. I'll miss swimming the quarry with you.

My heart goes out to his family. He was a truly kind, intelligent, giving person.

CW – March 07, 2011, at 7:33 a.m.

Lewis was a friend to all who met him and will be sorely missed by many. Lewis was one of the smartest people I knew and was a graduate of Princeton and Duke, but that doesn’t begin to define who he was. He was the kindest person I have ever met and would go out of his way to help others. He was outgoing, funny, and well respected among all those who knew him.

I personally will miss Lewis greatly, but my thoughts and prayers are with his family. They have lost a wonderful and loving son but should know that his positive impact on others will be felt forever.

JH – March 07, 2011, at 12:04 p.m.

Lewis Cook was a wonderful friend of mine. We met in Melbourne, Australia where we studied abroad together, went skydiving and rafting together in New Zealand, visited each other in college the following year, and I just stayed at his place in Austin last fall. What a horrible tragedy to a wonderful person. God Bless You, Lewis, my prayers to your family, and may the person who did this be prosectued to the fullest extent.

khajjar – March 07, 2011, at 7:01 p.m.

I will really miss my friend Lewis. He tried so hard to get us to believe he was all business, but there was no hiding his unbelievable youthful innocence. I will alawys remember him on the basketball court at The Hills -- as a water polo player, he was sort of awkward on the court. But, it didn't matter -- tripping over himself, his self deprecating laughter was contagious and we burned more calories laughing than actually playing. Born without a mean bone in his body, he was always a joy to be around. I fully expect to see him friday night, slightly overdressed, and his hair slicked back in his continually failed attemt to hide the happy, goofy and warm hearted guy we all knew him to be.

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