CSU alumna Mary Warren was pronounced dead Monday night at the scene of a collision on Interstate 25 near Thornton.
A Toyota Rav4, allegedly manned by an intoxicated driver, was heading south in the northbound lane and collided with the Honda Accord Warren was traveling in.
Jonathon Swanson, who was driving the Honda at the time of the collision, was transported to Denver Health Medical Center with minor injuries, according to the Colorado State Patrol.
The Toyota driver, Elizabeth Long, sustained minor injuries after hitting the passenger side of the Honda and was also sent to Denver Health Medical Center.
Long was released from the hospital and booked into the Adams County Jail, according to Colorado State Patrol documents.
Long faces charges of:
Two counts of vehicular assault,
Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs or both,
Driving the wrong way on a divided highway, and
Failing to remain on-scene of a crash resulting in serious bodily injury.
Warren graduated from the College of Liberal Arts in May with double major in journalism and technical communication and political science, said CSU spokeswoman Dell Rae Moellenberg.
â€œCSU extends its sympathy to Maryâ€™s family, friends and coworkers during this difficult time,â€ Moellenberg said in the e-mail.
Warren also worked as an intern at Facilities Management and prior to that worked for the College of Applied Human Sciencesâ€™ Donor Relations Division.
Greg Luft, chair of the Journalism and Technical Communications Department, said in a phone interview that the faculty and staff send regards to Warrenâ€™s family.
â€œItâ€™s a terrible tragedy when somebody who just achieved a major milestone in their life is killed tragically like that,â€ Luft said.
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