Arrest affidavit: Costumed suspect in deadly C-470 crash hitchhiked to get ride after collision
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DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. - The woman suspected of driving the car involved in a deadly crash on C-470 on Thursday hitchhiked a ride with another driver to get away from the scene, according to the arrest affidavit obtained by 7NEWS.
Police arrested Erin Finn, 20, 15 hours after the crash.
On Saturday, investigators closed eastbound C-470 between Yosemite Street and Interstate 25 for several hours so they could further investigate the accident scene.
Investigators believe Finn was driving on C-470, just west of Interstate 25, at 3:05 a.m. when she crossed over the median and hit a SUV going the opposite direction. The driver of the SUV, 51-year-old Dennis C. Dolce, died.
Prosecutors said in court that several drivers called police before the crash to report Finn’s vehicle as a possible drunk driver. It's estimated Finn was driving 100 miles per hour or more at the time of the crash.
Police say Finn left the scene.
The driver who gave Finn a ride said Finn told him, "I need to get out of here" and asked him for a ride.
The driver said he saw police in the area, but he told them he didn't see the crash. He did not tell officers at the time that he had someone else in the car.
The driver took Finn to a nearby 7-Eleven where she called another friend to pick her up, the affidavit said.
The driver told police that Finn was wearing a Halloween costume and her face was painted a dull white, with a red, bloody area near her forehead. The driver told police he didn't know if she was injured or if it was part of her costume.
An officer who went to the 7-Eleven said a woman came into the store at 3:20 a.m. He said the woman was wearing a black costume with grey, white, green skeleton bones on it.
Officers compared Finn's DMV photo to the 7-Eleven photo and said they believed it was the same person, according to the arrest affidavit.
Officers said when they went to Finn's home, they saw a black glove under the overhang at the apartment complex that looked similar to the Halloween costume worn by the woman in the 7-Eleven surveillance video.
Officers said Finn was told the police were at her home, she went there and was arrested.
In court on Friday, prosecutors said bond is normally $50,000 for this type of charge, but the District Attorney asked for $100,000. The judge ruled that $50,000 was appropriate, but added that Finn will have to wear a GPS monitor to track her if she posts bond. The District Attorney said in court that prosecutors believe Finn is a flight risk.
Finn reported her car stolen
Police officers were at Finn's home hours before her arrest. Lakewood Police said they were called to Finn's home at 4:47 a.m.
Lakewood officers said Finn told them she was at a party the night before and two men came home with her. She said at some point she passed out, according to the affidavit.
Finn told the officers that she woke up when her mother banged on the door in the morning.
Finn said when she woke up, the men were gone and so was her purse, cell phone and car, according to the affidavit.
Despite that report, Finn was arrested 15 hours later.
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