Methamphetamine may have played a role in the wreck that killed a woman and her 10-year-old son in August, according to an autopsy report released Friday by the El Paso County Coroner’s Office. w300-6477c35311397811e8c63862b017cca6

Kimberly Mears, 50, had 2090 nanograms/milliliter of methamphetamine and 180 ng/ml of amphetamine in her blood at the time of the Aug. 8 crash, according to a toxicology report by the Coroner’s Office.

The level of methamphetamine found in Mears’ blood, said Deputy Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Leon Kelly, indicates that she was impaired when she was driving.

“Any amount of methamphetamine, cocaine or heroin in a person’s system is going to be dangerous and will cause impairment,” Kelly told The Gazette on Monday. “The level of methamphetamine found in her system absolutely indicates that she had recently ingested the drug.”

Unlike marijuana and alcohol, Kelly said, there are no presumptive levels for meth, which is metabolized differently by each user.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, amphetamine can be used medically in the treatment of narcolepsy or attention deficit disorder, but Kelly said there is no way to obtain a prescription for methamphetamine.

Meth only exists in illicit form; you can’t get a prescription for it,” he said. “If it’s in your system, you did it illegally, period. Amphetamine can be prescribed for a number of conditions, but meth is an illegal substance that’s dangerous and potentially deadly.”

A small plastic bag containing white powdery residue was found inside Mears’ bra and was retained as evidence, according the report. Colorado Springs police did not provide information on whether the residue was tested and identified.

Mears and her 10-year-old son, Raley Mears, were in a Ford Mustang when it slammed into a Dodge pickup at Marksheffel and Bradley roads.


The Mustang was traveling west on Bradley Road when it ran through the intersection and T-boned the truck, which was southbound on Marksheffel Road. The collision sent the pickup careening into a signal pole.

In the days after the crash, concerns were raised about the traffic lights at the intersection, and city officials have been investigating whether the lights were operating correctly at the time.

The lights were “not operating normally around the time of the accident,” according to a preliminary review of the signal controller’s log, Kathleen Krager, Colorado Springs’ senior traffic engineer, said in August in a statement through a city spokeswoman.

The cause of the malfunction remained under investigation, the statement said, though the city did not clarify whether it happened before or after the crash.

The intersection was annexed to Colorado Springs in 2006, and traffic lights were installed at the intersection to reduce crashes, city officials said.

The traffic lights operate as “rest on red” signals, which means the lights in all four directions remain red until a car approaches the intersection, city officials said.

Despite concerns about the lights, city traffic management officials said in August that the light pattern was the best way to keep drivers safe.

Joan Lucia-Treese, vice chair of the El Paso County Highway Advisory Commission, told The Gazette in August that at least 15 people who live in the area have expressed concerns over timing issues with the intersection’s signals, as well as excessive speeds on Marksheffel Road during the last two years.

The signals on Bradley Road appear to often prematurely turn red whenever motorists approach on Marksheffel Road, Lucia-Treese said. As a result, motorists on Bradley Road often risk blowing through a red light.

There was no update available Monday from traffic management officials on the investigation in relation to the crash.





  1. Doc says:

    Actually you can get a prescription for methamphetamine – Desoxyn!