Outpouring of support at fundraiser for teen killed in suspected DUI crash

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - A line of people snaked around the Falcon Culver's Wednesday, all waiting to make a purchase.

It wasn't a crowd craving burgers and shakes, but a community trying to help a family in whatever way they could.

The family of Falcon High School senior Michael Finley is suffering through an inconceivable loss: his death at the hands of a suspected drunk driver, just one month before he was set to graduate.

The Falcon Culver's, where Finley worked, said any sale made Wednesday would be donated to his family. There was an enormous response.

"It's super packed. The line's around the building ... it's exciting how many people came out to support him," Katelyn Schneider said.

"It's just great to see that the whole community showed up and really tried to help out," Katie Kralik said.

Finley was killed on April 14 while driving to meet up with friends at a bonfire. One of those friends told 11 News they waited and waited, and began to get worried when the fire started to go out.

"One of our friends called her boyfriend, and he said, 'You haven't heard?' We all just froze," Hunter Conway said.

The other driver, identified by police as 52-year-old Michael Fay, faces charges of vehicular homicide. He was allegedly drunk when he turned from Woodmen to Golden Sage Road and hit Finley's oncoming vehicle.

The fundraiser was one day only, and the restaurant has not said how much it made, but judging from the crowd at the times 11 News was there, there was an outpouring of love and support for the family Finley left behind.