A well known proponent of legalized marijuana was killed Saturday on a highway near Denver, Co., by a drunk driver with a record of DUI arrests.
Jenny Kush, 34, (pictured) a mother of four and a founding member of the group Moms For Marijuana, died of her injuries when an SUV in which she was a passenger was struck head on by a vehicle driving the wrong way.
Rebecca Maez, 27, was apparently too intoxicated to notice that she had driven up the exit ramp to Interstate 25 near Auraria Parkway in the Denver area.
Maez was driving south in the northbound HOV lane when her car hit the vehicle operated by Kush’s boyfriend as the couple returned from a concert just after midnight Saturday morning. Maez now faces charges of vehicular homicide in addition to another drunk driving violation.
“I had actually just talked to her about 10 minutes before the wreck happened,” Paul Garrett, a friend of Kush, told a Denver TV station. “They were at a concert downtown. She was telling me about the t-shirt she got and how much fun she had had.”
Kush’s boyfriend, whose name has not yet been made public, was also injured in the crash but has been released from the hospital. A posting on the pro-marijuana site The Weed Blog referred to him as Kush’s “soul mate, Jeremy.”
“Her life was spent promoting awareness and spreading the truth about Marijuana,” said the Weed Blog post, “a safer alternative to the ‘legal’ drug that has stolen her life.”
The Blog has also started a Jenny Kush Memorial Fund page to raise money for Kush’s children.
According to Kush’s Facebook page, she had earlier raised money through a “Jenny Kush relief Fund,” to help her pay legal bills in connection with a marijuana arrest in Montana, for which she was serving five years probation.
In a posting about the Relief Fund, Kush describes herself as “an active member of the Colorado cannabis community.”
SOURCES: The Denver Post, The Weed Blog, CBS Denver Channel 4, Jenny Kush Facebook Page