LONGMONT, Colo. (CBS4)– Toxicology tests show the driver responsible for a double fatal crash in Longmont in September was high on pot with THC levels exceeding the legal limit to drive.
The crash happened on Sept. 23 near the intersection of Gay Street and 17th Avenue. It killed Lisa Garcia, 28, of Longmont, and Therese Woodworth, 49, of Dacono.
Longmont police said the SUV Garcia was driving swerved across several lanes of traffic and hit the pickup truck Woodworth was driving.
Tests showed above-the-limit levels of marijuana in the systems of both women.
“Statistically it’s probably not very probable and unfortunately both people died,” said Longmont Police Commander Jeff Satur.
“Unfortunately, both drivers had more than 5 ng/mL of THC in their systems which, according to Colorado Revised Statutes 42-4-1301(6)(a)(IV), gives rise to a permissible inference that they were under the influence of one or more drugs,” Satur said.
Garcia leaves behind two 3 year old twins.
“It’s a terrible thing to lose your mother at age 3,” said Satur.
“Life must have been really awful to have to medicate yourself that much,” said youth counselor Cynammon Kiser. “To not even think about your children and putting them in the car with you.”
“They’re smoking marijuana and consuming alcohol, both legal, that they are putting others on the road at risk,” said Satur.
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