COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - A man accused of driving drunk and killing a teen one month shy of high school graduation declined to continue to trial Monday and instead entered a guilty plea.
Michael Fay, 53, plead guilty at his arraignment Monday, nearly four months after the April 14 crash that took Michael Finley's life. Finley was on his way to meet friends on a Friday night when State Patrol says Fay made an abrupt left and collided with the 18-year-old's oncoming car.
Fay has remained in jail since the crash and had been held on a $25,000 bond. Following his guilty plea, he faces 20-24 years in prison.
In the days and weeks following the crash, a memorial has formed for Finley at the crash site on East Woodmen Road and Golden Sage.
Finley's family told 11 News they hoped their son's death could help others make the choice to not drink and drive.
"What we want ... the community to come together and heighten the awareness of the severity of drinking and driving. When poor choices are made, it can potentially affect people -- and it's affected our family, and it's affected our community," said Mason Peters, Finley's father.