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DUI suspect pleads guilty to vehicular assault for crash that seriously injured musician

Mike Elmore
Posted at 11:34 AM, Mar 10, 2020

COLORADO SPRINGS — The woman who slammed into a musician's van as he was unloading equipment in Colorado Springs has plead guilty to vehicular assault.

Tara Studer was charged with driving under the influence and vehicular assault for the crash that seriously injured Mike Elmore. As part of a plea agreement, Studer faces nine years in prison.

Elmore was severely hurt in the July 9 crash, losing part of his right leg, shattering his left leg, breaking ribs, breaking his right arm near the shoulder and other injuries.

He spoke in court, recounting his experience and sharing how his life has been radically changed because of the physical injuries he sustained.

Elmore said he bears no ill-will towards Studer and hopes this sentence will change her for the better. He also credits his amazing friends with helping him through this.

Studer also spoke and apologized for what her actions have cause.

Later in the year, Studer got into more trouble. On Dec. 22, 2019, Studer was charged with felony aggravated motor vehicle theft, felony aggravated attempted motor vehicle theft, felony criminal impersonation, false reporting, driving under restraint. Then on December 23, 2019 she was charged with felony attempted escape.

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