Affidavit sheds light on fatal crash
An El Jebel woman has been charged with vehicular homicide because she was allegedly driving under the influence of drugs during a car crash that killed her boyfriend in October, according to the Colorado State Patrol.Amy Thompson, 27, was arrested Wednesday when she got out of St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction after about seven weeks of treatment for injuries she suffered in the crash, according to Master Trooper William Carlson. The wreck, outside Delta on Highway 92, killed Christopher Miller, 37, also of El Jebel.An arrest warrant affidavit filed with Delta County District Court indicated Thompson was trapped for at least two days and possibly as long as four days in the wreckage of the Chevrolet Monte Carlo she was driving.The investigation revealed that the couple checked into a hotel in Hotchkiss about 10:30 p.m. Oct. 15. The motel owner noticed their car was gone about 3 a.m. Oct. 16 and later went to clean the room.”She observed several bloody Kleenex, Q Tips, and five used syringes in the room and one near where the car was parked,” the affidavit said. “There was also blood on the floor and on the bed.”Carlson’s report said Thompson was westbound on Highway 92 “at a high rate of speed” and failed to negotiate a right curve. The Monte Carlo went off the left side of the road, struck a tree stump and rolled onto the driver’s side. Miller and Thompson weren’t wearing seat belts, according to Carlson.Miller suffered fatal injuries. Thompson was pinned in the driver’s seat, with Miller on top of her.The timing of the accident remains unknown. Carlson’s report said it occurred sometime between 3 a.m. Oct. 16 and 9 a.m. Oct. 18. The wrecked car was obscured, so it wasn’t spotted until the morning of Oct. 18 by a passing motorist, according to an article in the Delta Independent. The man intended to check the wreckage but forgot about it until two days later. He reported the accident Oct. 20, the newspaper said.Carlson’s report said a glass pipe, as well as new and used syringes, were found in the car and a plastic bag containing 20.5 grams of a substance believed to be cocaine was found “at the scene.” The affidavit also claimed that needle marks were found on Thompson’s arms.The affadavit presented no evidence showing Thompson had drugs or alcohol in her system at the time of the accident. Thompson faces seven charges after her arrest by the State Patrol: vehicular homicide; unlawful use of a controlled substance; unlawful possession of a controlled substance; driving a vehicle under the influence of drugs, alcohol or both; careless driving leading to a death; driving without a valid driver’s license; and driving while her license was suspended.It was initially reported that she was arrested for distribution of a controlled substance, but that was inaccurate.Thompson is being held on $250,000 bond in the Delta County jail. She was advised of the charges Wednesday, and a public defender was assigned to represent her. A Dec. 14 hearing was scheduled on her request to reduce the amount of her bond.Scott Condon’s e-mail address is email@example.com
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