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Woman arrested in El Paso County crash that killed mom, toddler

July 22, 2013 Updated: July 23, 2013 at 9:06 am
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State troopers arrested a Peyton woman Monday in connection with a July 12 crash east of Falcon that claimed the life a 42-year-old woman and her 3-year-old son.

Arica Vlach was booked into the Denver County jail on suspicion of two counts of vehicular homicide while under the influence of alcohol or drugs or both, among other charges. Vlach is being held in lieu of $100,000 bond.

Vlach, who suffered serious injuries in the crash, was taken into custody after she was released from Denver Health Medical Center, said Sgt. J.R. Mullins, a spokesman for the Colorado State Patrol.

Vlach was behind the wheel of a 2002 Chevrolet Trail Blazer traveling south on Log Road when she failed to stop at a stop sign and hit a 2006 Chrysler Town and Country going west on Judge Orr Road, police said.

Nicole Enderle and her son, Alexander, from Eastern El Paso County, were pronounced dead at the scene. Enderle's daughter, 2-year-old Zoe, suffered minor injuries.

Vlach is accused of driving with a blood alcohol content above the legal limit and possession of an open alcoholic beverage container in a motor vehicle.

Mullins declined to disclose Vlach's blood alcohol level, saying it was evidence. He would only say that it was "high."

"She was substantially incapable of operating a motor vehicle at the time of the crash," he said.

According to an obituary in The Gazette, Enderle moved to Colorado Springs in 2009 and then to Truckton in 2011, where she enjoyed the peacefulness of the plains. She was involved in Antioch Community Church in Yoder and was a vacation bible school counselor. In addition to her daughter, she is survived by her husband, Jason.

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