Driver who hit man in Colorado Springs is facing DUI and vehicular assault charges

Mike Elmore
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - A woman is facing multiple charges, including DUI, after hitting two parked cars and a pedestrian while Colorado Springs police tried to pull her over.

Patrol officers reportedly saw the driver commit a traffic violation at South Chestnut Street and Colorado Avenue just before 6:30 Tuesday night. As they put on their lights and started to pull her over, she slammed into one vehicle parked along the street, then immediately hit a van and the man who was unloading it. Police say the van was parked in a lane of traffic on Colorado.

The officers pulled over and provided the man with medical treatment until an ambulance arrived. His injuries were last reported to be serious but not life-threatening.

The woman has been identified as 30-year-old Tara Studer. She is facing charges including vehicular assault, DUI and reckless driving.

Friends reached out to 11 News about a GoFundMe account to help the victim, Mike Elmore. Click here if you would like to donate.

Elmore reportedly had his right leg amputated, has a broken left leg, broken right arm, broken back and broken ribs.

"He is a well loved Sound engineer, bass player and human being here in Colorado Springs. He now is in need for the help of his friends," Vinny Luciani wrote on the Facebook page.

A benefit for Mike is taking place on Sunday from 4 to 8 p.m. at Johnny's Navajo Hogan. The business is located at 2817 N. Nevada Avenue. Everyone is invited to bring an instrument for the jam fest.