October 22, 2013 in City

Woman involved in fatal pedestrian accident Friday was on meth

From staff reports
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Nicole Boyer fights back tears as she and son Cruz Lopez, 1, stop Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013 to attach a balloon to a growing memorial for the family struck by a car near the intersection of Monroe St. and Mansfield last Friday night. Boyer knows the mother and two children involved in the accident. A five-year-old girl died from her injuries.
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Sarah Burrows-Gust, 25, used methamphetamine before leading her children into traffic Friday night where all three were hit by a driver and her daughter was killed, according to court documents filed Tuesday.

Burrows-Gust crossed North Monroe Street near West Montgomery Avenue with daughter Elayna Burrows-Gust, 5; son Evan Burrows-Gust, 7; and a dog in tow around 6:15 p.m. Friday, according to witnesses. A white sedan traveling about 35 miles per hour, driven by a 68-year-old woman, struck the pedestrians, who were taken from the scene with varying levels of injury. Elayna Burrows-Gust was pronounced dead Saturday morning. Sarah Burrows-Gust was last listed in critical condition and Evan in serious condition, but improving.

Hospital tests came back positive for methamphetamine in Sarah Burrows-Gust’s system, according to an Intensive Care Unit nurse. Police have seized samples to conduct their own tests, and are considering filing charges of second-degree manslaughter in the case.

The investigating officer criticized Burrows-Gust’s choice of crossing location in court documents filed Tuesday.

“Clearly there were better locations for Burrows-Gust to have crossed the street with the two small children and the dog on a leash,” the officer wrote. A traffic signal and pedestrian crossing were available about a half a block from where the street crossing was attempted.

A Child Protective Services officer contacted law enforcement Monday and told investigators Burrows-Gust has an open case of child neglect, involving domestic violence and drug abuse, according to court documents.

No charges have been filed in the case.

This story is developing. More information will be added as it is available.

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