Emily Strock allegedly drank one beer, smoked bowl of pot before gruesome Colfax-Speer crash

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Emily Strock in a photo from her Facebook page. More images and our previous coverage below.
Update: Early on July 21, a crash near the intersection of Colfax and Speer resulted in seven injuries, two of them serious; see our previous coverage below.

Now, 23-year-old Emily Strock has been formally charged with causing the crash, allegedly after drinking a beer and smoking a bowl of marijuana -- and on Facebook, she notes that she's feeling "lost and broken" in the wake of the incident. Continue for details, photos, the original police report and more.

See also: Photos of shocking 104-vehicle crash on I-25 that killed one, injured thirty

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Another Facebook photo of Emily Strock.
The full text of Strock's post, shared on July 26, five days after the accident, reads: "Not feeling the same after everything that's happened not sure how to go about it. Not in the best frame of mind these past days. -- feeling lost and broken." An unhappy-face emoticon is also included.

The probable cause statement in the case maintains that sometime after 2 a.m. on the 21st, Strock was driving east on West Colfax "at a high speed" -- witnesses estimated it at sixty miles per hour in a thirty zone -- and failed to stop when the light at Speer was red.

An instant later, her vehicle smashed into another one traveling southbound on Speer. Here's a CBS4 image of the aftermath:

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Courtesy of CBS4
A total of seven people were transported to area hospitals, Strock among them. She wound up at Denver Health, where the author of the report writes that she failed "six out of six clues" related to drug/alcohol impairment.

According to the statement, Strock "admitted" to an officer that prior to driving, she consumed "one beer and smoked a bowl of marijuana."

Strock reportedly agreed to a blood draw, but there's no mention of where she scored in terms of legal THC levels. That's not surprising, since processing such tests takes much longer than does the analysis for alcohol impairment -- although there are no numbers related to that, either. Denver District Attorney's Office spokeswoman Lynn Kimbrough tells us Strock is being accused of driving under the influence of drugs based on the information in the probable-cause statement. Additional charges include two counts of vehicular assault, four for third-degree assault and one involving no proof of insurance.

Another Facebook photo of Emily Strock.
The Strock charges follow amended accusations in a July 12 crash involving Ryan Nuanez. As we've reported, Nuanez was behind the wheel of a black SUV that smashed into an optical store near the intersection of Amherst and Colorado. Because the store's owner, 59-year-old Cheryl Hurlbut, subsequently died of her injuries, he's now facing a vehicular homicide count.

Nuanez's probable cause statement noted that he was suspected of having been under the influence of an "unknown narcotic" -- and we still don't know what that substance was. Kimbrough tells us the formal allegation related to impairment accuses Nuanez of being under the influence of "alcohol or drugs or both."

These two crashes aren't the first to involve an alleged combination of liquor and drugs. As we've reported, Keith Kilbey was originally accused of being a stoned driver in a January crash -- but when test results finally came back, we learned that he was more than three times over the legal limit for alcohol in addition to doubling the controversial THC standard.

In the meantime, Strock is only been charged with DUID, not driving under the influence of alcohol, despite her alleged acknowledgment that she consumed some of the latter. Here's her probable cause statement, followed by our previous coverage.

Emily Strock Probable Cause Statement

Continue for our previous coverage of the gruesome Colfax-Speer crash, including additional photos.



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muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

Part of the problem is that the lights are timed to poorly, it ads to the number of morons running red lights.

Dustin Roger Mikkelsen
Dustin Roger Mikkelsen

Yes, people like her, are partially the reason why marijuana has such a stigma around it. You smoke and drive and kill someone, you go to prison, no 'I'm sorry' later

Ryan Davis
Ryan Davis

No, I don't think it's right to exploit a tragedy and lie in order to demonize beer or pot. Let's be honest, this is just more baseless bullshit used to try to convince smart people that pot is harmful.

Charlene McCune
Charlene McCune

Are you asking if we are supposed to pity her? No pity here.. I don't even blame the pot or the beer... I blame an egotistical, maniacal driver who thought she owned the road... a beer and a bowl doesn't do that... a personality that believes it is king or queen of the world on the road does... she is basically a person who has no concept of right and wrong... sad? I bet she is sad...

Dave Kruse
Dave Kruse

That's where the investigation stopped regardless of who was actually at fault.

Robert D'Amato
Robert D'Amato

I've been driving high since I was 16 not one accident this bitch is dumb for admitting it and come on one beer and one bowl if you can't handle that maybe you shouldn't mix the two

David Findley
David Findley

I hate to say it, but it sounds like she admitted to it. It's kind of like telling the cop "I've only had 2 beers"

Levi Patricks
Levi Patricks

This happened to me and I didn't get charged with a dui I fought it in court

Randall Erkelens
Randall Erkelens

She was speeding double the limit and ran a light regardless of influences. 60 in a 30 on Colfax.

Jake Borill
Jake Borill

Henry I don't think "pot heads" need to learn that weed impairs your driving. Maybe you should tell that to the thousands of alcoholics killed every year when driving.

Joseph John
Joseph John

Henry you are an fkin idiot! And it was her dumb ass that couldn't drive a car correctly, driving is the single most easy thing that almost everyone does on the daily, if you can get that right, go fuck urself you deserve the headach

Samuel Hulin
Samuel Hulin

Nonsense aside, we have all done that at least once before.

Samuel Hulin
Samuel Hulin

I could argue people are safer around me if I am stoned.

Samuel Hulin
Samuel Hulin

I don't know about the rest of ya'll, but I road rage considerably less when I have my trusty pipe with me.

Samuel Hulin
Samuel Hulin

Clearly. She should have just kept her mouth shut and it wouldn't have been an issue.

Samuel Hulin
Samuel Hulin

I don't think the law even says you can't drive on pain medication, you just can't drive 'impaired'. I was on vicodin for a hand surgery for six months while still performing my job as a delivery driver. There is totally a line between medicated and impaired, and it varies for every single person.

Ryan J. Whetsel
Ryan J. Whetsel

What ever you say, can and will be used against you in a court of law.

Doug Sunada
Doug Sunada

The way I see it is if you have no lack for responsibility as a human being and drive drunk,get high,whether it be by pills or weed,or even if you lack sleep and fall asleep at the wheel,and you cause pain to another family and its ok that you did that than you need to be punished for your actions

Andrew Foster
Andrew Foster

Cannabis aside, going 60 in a 30 is irresponsible

Stephanie Marie
Stephanie Marie

Has no one heard of Miranda Rights?? Depends when they read her her rights. They tell her she can have a lawyer but anything u say can and will be used against you in a court of law

Stephanie Marie
Stephanie Marie

Depends when they read her her rights. They tell her she can have a lawyer but anything u say can and will be used against you in a court of law...

Sher Quintana
Sher Quintana

Dont blame a bowl and a beer...you are responsible for ALL YOUR ACTIONS..AND KILLING YOUR BABY IS YOUR FAULT!!!

Cory Metheney
Cory Metheney

Pot has nothing to do with that and everyone who believes that is a fucking idiot

Brent Thiesen
Brent Thiesen

People like this shouldn't be doing drugs or drinking alcohol. They should be sitting with their therapists and finding out why their lives have spiraled out of control.

Colorado Overgrown
Colorado Overgrown

People eat pills that are prescribed by docs and drive all day.... And people find it socially acceptable.

Michelle Bowes
Michelle Bowes

And thank God they haven't, yet. No one should smoke then drive.

Ivy Martinez
Ivy Martinez

She should of asked for a lawyer... either way her tests will come back and they can get her for being under the influence it really is a case of irresponsible bad driving...

Mike Strickland
Mike Strickland

If she was charged and denied it, they wouldn't take her word for it. So why use her word as proof the other way around? Double standard?

Michael Roque
Michael Roque

Jack, many people drive drunk everyday without incident. Still doesn't make it right. Weed impairs everyone differently. I, for example, can't smoke then drive, but others can.

Evan Raymond Smalling
Evan Raymond Smalling

In no way.is smoking weed and driving as dangerous as alcohol but she.still admitted it.

Candie Bernard
Candie Bernard

I have read up on it. I'm not saying that it is "just as bad as liquor." What I am saying is that it most certainly does impact one's driving ability. I made a point of saying that I'm not against legalization because I knew someone would immediately assume that anyone who says that marijuana may have been a contributing agent must be a hater. There are those of us out there who agree with legalization but also recognize the dangers of using it and driving, etc.

Jay Cismaru
Jay Cismaru

not the weed and she did not have one beer she had five or six beers god knows how many

Colorado Overgrown
Colorado Overgrown

In 10 years of smoking cannabis I have never caused a car accident. Not even once... And know plenty of people that haven't messed up this bad either. Some people shouldn't own vehicles.

Stephanie Marie
Stephanie Marie

No studies show it as just as bad as liquor. Might wanna brush up on facts first. Pot haters just wanna blame pot for everything now. But what about cancer patients or other medical needs? Also plz read those studies. People still need to be responsible. Just like with pain meds. U dont drive. But don't let her set the example for the millions that don't. There have been way more liquor involved accidents even just this year over pot related ones. They're not shown to be equal in any unbiased study.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

Another beer related death.

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