Troopers: Driver Stopped Drinking Hours Before Deadly Crash

The Nov. 6 crash scene
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Troopers have a warning about getting behind the wheel the morning after a night of drinking. One family is speaking out after their son was killed in a crash on his way to work.

Arrest papers say the drunk driver in the case had stopped drinking for six and a half hours before she drove. But troopers say that wasn't enough time for her to sober up. Now, that driver is facing vehicular homicide charges.

Kyle Dunbar's family is devastated.

“My wife, she’s in tears constantly, it was her only son," said Kyle's dad Kenneth Sifford. "They were very, very close. Our whole family was close.”

"We've got a 6-year-old grandson and he has no father," said Sifford. "We have brothers and sisters with no brother. It's hard. It's hard."

The 26-year-old was killed in a crash about a month ago in Ellicott in eastern El Paso County. Dunbar was on his way to work on Nov. 6 around 6:30 a.m. Troopers say 24-year-old Cassandra Griffin was driving a Jeep when she failed to stop at a stop sign and hit Dunbar's truck.

"It breaks my heart," said Sifford. "It's crazy."

According to court papers obtained by 11 News, Griffin told troopers she was driving home from a friend's house, where she had been drinking the night before. She told them she had "shots of rum, some pints and stopped drinking around midnight."

State Patrol can't comment on this case specifically since it's under investigation, but they tell us drinking the night before and getting behind the wheel in the morning can be a big problem.

"They could still be under the influence if they drank heavily the night before," said State Patrol Cpl. Michelle Archer. "If somebody's at a .150, theoretically it's going to take them roughly about 10 hours to sober up."

"First Thanksgiving without him, first Christmas without him and there'll be many more," said Sifford.

11 News is still waiting to hear back from troopers about how much alcohol was in Griffin's system at the time of the crash. We'll let you know what we find out. Griffin will be in court later this month.