Street racers sentenced to prison for vehicular death of 21-year-old CU student

A Jefferson County judge on Friday sentenced two men to prison for their role in a deadly street-racing crash two years ago.

Shimpson Huynh, 31, and Adrian Lau, 22, were street racing on Nov. 14, 2021, when Huynh’s vehicle hit a car driven by Annika Williams, 21. She later died.

A jury in February found Huynh guilty of vehicular homicide, among a host of other charges. He was sentenced to six years in prison — the maximum allowable sentence, the First Judicial District Attorney’s Office said in a news release Monday.

Lau, in a separate trial, was found not guilty of vehicular homicide, prosecutors said. He was convicted on counts of speed contest, speeding and careless driving. He was sentenced to 9 months in jail.

“We hope the imposed sentences affirm that street racing behavior is not tolerated in our community and on our roads,” Senior Deputy District Attorney Amy Petri Beard said in the news release.

Williams, a University of Colorado Boulder student, was an aspiring physical therapist and remembered by family as a “beautiful soul” with a “heart of gold.”

“In Annika’s 21 years on this earth, she touched so many lives,” her family said in a statement. “Now this world is robbed of her life, her love of life, and the innumerable other ways she enriched the lives of everyone who knew her.”

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