Two children under five were among those involved in a deadly crash in El Paso County the morning of July 12, 2013. Monday, a local woman accused of causing the crash was arrested for DUI among other charges.
State Patrol says Arica Vlach of Peyton was driving an SUV and was headed south on Log Road when she allegedly crashed into a minivan that was headed west on Judge Orr. A mother and one her two young children were killed. The second child was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. All three were wearing seat belts.
According to the arrest papers, Vlach admitted to troopers she had been drinking beer and liquor the night before the crash. The crash happened at 9 a.m.
Arrest papers go on to say that the airbag system on Vlach's car recorded a speed of nearly 75 miles per hour just five seconds before the air bags deployed.
Troopers identified the victims as Nicole Enderle, 42, and Alexander Enderle, 3, of Yoder, Colorado. Two-year-old Zoe Enderle was the lone survivor.
Vlach, 31, was flown to the hospital with serious injuries. Troopers say Vlach was not wearing a seat belt. There was no one else in her vehicle at the time of the crash.
11 News talked to Dr. David Steinbruner, an emergency room doctor with Memorial Hospital. He couldn't talk about this specific case, but say it's not uncommon for drivers to still be drunk many hours after they stop drinking.
"Yeah, one could definitely be under the influence the next day after having drunk the night before," Steinbruner said.
Court papers say Vlach may have had up to 10 beers and Peppermint Schnapps the night before the deadly crash.
"If you keep drinking up to eight, nine or 10 beers plus liquor, 12 hours later or longer you could still have alcohol in your system," Steinbruner said.
Vlach faces four to 12 years in prison for several charges, including DUI and vehicular homicide.
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