Marijuana activist Jennifer Friede was killed Saturday night when the vehicle she was riding in was struck by an alleged a drunk driver heading south on a northbound lane on Interstate 25 near Denver. Friede, who was known in marijuana advocacy circles as “Jenny Kush,” was pronounced dead at the hospital. Her boyfriend, who had been driving, escaped with minor injuries.
The driver of the other vehicle, Rebecca Maez, was also treated for minor injuries before being placed in police custody. According to Denver police, Maez was arrested for DUI, speeding in a construction zone and driving while her license was under restraint. She was arrested again when she failed to appear in court to answer those charges.
She is currently being held on suspicion of vehicular homicide and DUI.
Kush’s friends will be setting up a memorial fund to help care for her four children. Information on it will be made available at The Weed Blog in the next few days.
Watch a CBS 4 Denver report on the accident here:
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