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

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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:

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.

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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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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