[Update] Charges Filed for Fatal Crash at CR9/Carpenter Rd
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One woman has been arrested for vehicular homicide, vehicular assault, child abuse, and driving under the influence following an August crash that claimed the life of her 1-year-old child.
Tiffany Burke, 28, of Fort Collins was driving a Ford Explorer in the Carpenter Rd/County Road 9 collision on August 22, 2019. Investigators determined that she stopped at a stop sign, then made a left turn in front of an eastbound Ford F-350, which had the right of way and no stop sign. During the collision, Burke and an unrestrained juvenile male were ejected from the vehicle. A one-year-old child, later identified by the Larimer County Coroner as Riley Santos, was restrained in the vehicle. The juvenile male and Santos were both seriously injured and transported to Children’s Hospital in Denver. The juvenile male is recovering from extensive injuries. Sadly, Santos succumbed his injuries and was pronounced deceased on August 25, 2019.
Burke was transported to Medical Center of the Rockies with injuries. Based on evidence gathered during the investigation, officers have reason to believe that she was under the influence of drugs at the time of the crash. A warrant was issued for her arrest on November 19, 2019 for the following charges:
Vehicular Homicide (class 3 felony)
Vehicular Assault (class 4 felony)
Child Abuse (class 3 felony)
Child Abuse (class 4 felony)
Driving Under the Influence (misdemeanor)
Burke was located and arrested on December 16, 2019 with the assistance of the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office. A booking photo is attached courtesy of LCSO.
“This was an absolutely heartbreaking incident. One little life ended far too soon, and many other lives have been forever impacted by this tragedy,” said FCPS Chief Jeff Swoboda. “I cannot emphasize this enough: sober, responsible driving is a critical part of keeping our community safe and preventing tragedies like this.”
All charges are simply an accusation by law enforcement officers, and any arrested party must be presumed innocent until proven guilty in court.