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Suspected drunk driver charged with District 49 student's death

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Michael Finley was killed by a suspected drunk driver on April 14. Michael Finley was killed by a suspected drunk driver on April 14.
Crash scene on Woodmen Rd. (Colorado State Patrol) Crash scene on Woodmen Rd. (Colorado State Patrol)
52-year-old Michael Fay is charged with vehicular homicide. 52-year-old Michael Fay is charged with vehicular homicide.

Grief counselors are available at Falcon High School Monday as a senior was killed in a crash Friday night. 18-year-old Michael Finley died in the crash at Woodmen and Golden Sage.

Police say the crash was caused by a suspected drunk driver, 52-year-old Michael Fay, who was uninjured and arrested for vehicular homicide. Fay will go before a judge on Tuesday.

Michael Finley was soon to graduate from Falcon High School and had been a District 49 student since preschool. He was well-known in the district and involved in several school activities, including student council.

Students gathered with his family this weekend to remember him. "We never imagined it would affect our family. We know its something that happens and we hope that this is a moment that the whole El Paso County and the whole community and the whole State of Colorado can understand the lasting impact that it has on us," said stepfather Mason Peters.

A GoFundMe page started in support of his family has raised more than $19,000 since it was created. His sister wrote:

"My sweet, kind-hearted, genuine, loving 18 year old brother, Michael Allen Finley was taken from us by a drunk driver on the evening of April 14, 2017. He was a senior at Falcon High and was going to graduate in May. His life was ended too soon in a senseless act. He was a son, brother, nephew, grandson, cousin, and friend. Our hearts are shattered by this loss. I don't want my parents to have to worry about a proper memorial for my brother. If you can please give anything at all, we can use it towards Michael's beautiful memory. He was one of the goofiest, kindest souls that I have ever known. His memory will live on in our hearts. We will get justice for our Michael. Thank you all so much for your support and prayers, please keep them coming. We need every prayer we can get. Thank you."

The district says they'll have grief counselors available to students and staff at school Monday.

A cross will be put up at the intersection to honor Michael.

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