Friend Remembers Woman Killed In Hit & Run Crash

WESTMINSTER, Colo. (CBS4)– Friends remember Jenna Breen the way she was the last time they saw her: in a good mood and happy.

Breen, 21, was killed when a suspected drunk driver ran a red light and slammed into her. It happened just before 3:30 a.m. Saturday at the intersection of 118th Place and Sheridan Boulevard.

Police said a maroon SUV with two men inside ran a red light at the intersection and smashed into another car driven by Breen.

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(credit: CBS)

Amber Stubert and Breen enjoyed a very early breakfast at the International House Of Pancakes after their shift at the Fox and Hound Tavern. It was the last time Stubert would see her friend alive.

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Police investigate a deadly hit & run in Westminster (credit: CBS)

“It was just like a normal night. She was in a really good mood. She was happy,” said Stubert as she wrote her friend’s name in a makeshift memorial near the intersection where she died. Breen was a graduate of Arvada High School.

When police officers arrived at the scene of the accident they found Breen, 21, had been ejected from the vehicle. She died at the scene of the accident. Police don’t know if she was wearing a seat belt.

Two men in the other vehicle ran away after the accident. Police in Broomfield found the passenger of the suspect vehicle and a Westminster K9 unit found the driver, Viet Quoc Nguyen.

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Viet Nguyen (credit: Westminster Police)

“One fled into Broomfield up Sheridan and Broomfield Police actually apprehended the passenger in the suspect vehicle and our canine team tracked the suspect here in the city,” said Westminster Police spokesman Cheri Spottke.

Nguyen has been booked into the Adams County Jail on several charges including vehicular homicide, DUI, failing to remain at the scene of an accident and disobeying a red light.

“It just makes me angry that people can’t get their priorities straight and they’re killing people because they want to drink and drive. It’s just terrible,” said Stubert.

Officers believe both alcohol and speed were factors in the hit and run. The passenger of the suspect vehicle was not charged in the incident.

“She was always positive. She always was someone good to talk to and give good advice. She was just always there,” said Stubert.

  • denvervet

    So many lives ruined by this terrible tradgedy. I feel terrible about this poor woman and my heart and sympathy goes out to her family. Stories like these are hard to read. I am sure this nice young lady will be remembered in a special way.

  • tom

    “It just makes me angry that people can’t get their priorities straight and they’re killing people because they want to drink and drive. It’s just terrible,” said Stubert.

    She said after her shift at Fox and Hound Tavern.

  • Brittany

    Really Tom? What in the hell does working there have to do with anything. I work there as well and left two minutes before Jenna did. That could have been me in that intersection. Jenna didn’t deserve to die just because she worked at a bar. We are not allowed to drink on the job at work. In this economy, a (legal) job is a job. Our company is very concerned with who we let walk out the door when they have been drinking. Fox and Hound takes precautions not only to protect themselves, but to protect their patrons. I am so sick and tired of people blaming the victims of crimes. This guy clearly has a drinking problem and is a decay on our society. If someone would have cared about him and gotten him help, this could have been prevented. I only hope God grants you the compassion you refuse to show for Jenna and everyone else affected by this senseless tragedy. There is no excuse for what this man did.

    • tom

      Brittany…sorry about the above post. Insensitive. I am sorry for what her family and friends are going thru.

  • Teddy Dutcher

    The guy who hit Jenna no doubt was leaving from lodos on westminster. I know this kid and I see him hammered at lodos all the time. He is a monster and is out of control, I’m suprised that he has’nt killed someone sooner.

    Jenna I miss you and love you so much.

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