Fort Collins mother high on meth at time of crash that killed her son, records show



The Fort Collins mother who was arrested for driving under the influence in the crash that killed her 1-year-old son was high on meth when she turned in front of a pickup truck in south Fort Collins, according to arrest documents. 

A Fort Collins police officer questioned Tiffany Burke, now 28, hours after the crash that killed her son, Riley Santos.

During the interview at UCHealth’s Medical Center of the Rockies, where Burke was being treated for injuries sustained in the crash, the officer observed signs of impairment, describing Burke’s actions as ”jumpy and fidgety, not consistent with a person who was just involved in a serious crash or with a head injury.”

Judge Thomas French granted a blood draw warrant and Burke tested positive for methamphetamine and amphetamine.

When questioned about possible drug use, Burke told police she was with her children’s grandmother and aunt the day before the crash and that they “could have put methamphetamine in an e-cigarette she used.” She also told the officer that she felt sober on the day of the crash, according to arrest documents.

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Those documents indicated that a female passenger was in the front seat of the vehicle at the time of the crash, but that person has not been found by police.

Santos, who was restrained in the vehicle at the time of the crash, died Aug. 25 at Children’s Hospital in Aurora. Another juvenile male passenger in the vehicle, who was unrestrained, was ejected from the vehicle and was taken to Children’s Hospital. He is recovering from extensive injuries, police said previously.

Burke has been charged with vehicular homicide and child abuse, both Class 3 felonies; vehicular assault and child abuse, both Class 4 felonies; and driving under the influence, a misdemeanor.

Her bond was set at $35,000. Burke was not listed as an inmate in Larimer County Jail Monday morning. 

Her next court appearance is scheduled for Friday.

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