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.

Copter4 was over the crash in Longmont in September (credit: CBS)

Copter4 was over the crash in Longmont in September (credit: CBS)

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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Comments
  1. nickcady says:

    Reblogged this on The Longmont Pastor and commented:
    A few months ago a fatal head-on collision happened on a road we drive almost every day. We wondered how this could have happened, and finally the toxology reports were released: both drivers were high and one was high and drunk.
    We are so sorry for these children who lost their mother, the families who lost their loved ones. We are also concerned, that incidents like this might become more frequent as marijuana becomes more commonplace in Colorado.