Highway death results in charges | AspenTimes.com

Highway death results in charges

A 27-year-old woman from El Jebel is facing several charges, including vehicular homicide, for an unusual car wreck near Delta that killed her fiancé Oct. 16 and nearly took her life, according to authorities.Amy Thompson was being held in the Delta County jail on $250,000 bond Wednesday, according to Sheriff Fred McKee. He said she was being held on charges including driving under the influence of drugs and unlawful use of a controlled substance, as well as vehicular homicide.Thompson was charged after a lengthy investigation by the Colorado State Patrol. The trooper who handled the investigation wasn’t available Wednesday afternoon, nor was his supervisor.Authorities considered Thompson fortunate to survive the Oct. 16 crash that killed Christopher Miller. They were traveling in a Chevrolet Monte Carlo on Highway 92 five miles east of Delta when the car went off the left side of the road, hit a tree and rolled onto the driver’s side, according to a report by the State Patrol.Trees and rubble obscured the wreckage from clear view. It wasn’t discovered for at least two days. Thompson was pinned under Miller’s body and rescuers didn’t spot her initially when they discovered the car, according to a report by The Associated Press.Investigators concluded Thompson was driving and allegedly speeding. She and Miller weren’t wearing seat belts, according to the State Patrol.Miller was 37. He had moved to Aspen as a teenager, finished his education and worked a variety of jobs, according to his obituary. He was most recently self-employed as a pharmaceutical representative.Scott Condon’s e-mail address is scondon@aspentimes.com

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