Women killed in suspected DUI crash ID’d, remembered by family

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CENTENNIAL, Colo. --Two families are mourning the loss of their loved ones, while trying to come to grips with the cause of the crash that claimed their lives on South Colorado Boulevard on Friday afternoon.

Loved ones, friends and strangers have been showing up at a makeshift memorial set up at the crash site, dropping off flowers and putting up photos, in honor of the two women who lost their lives: 82-year-old Gayle Buckwalter and 77-year-old Audrey "Carolyn" Burton.

Carolyn Burton, 82, was killed in a suspected DUI crash last Friday. (Photo: Burton family)

Carolyn Burton, 82, was killed in a suspected DUI crash last Friday. (Photo: Burton family)

Nikki Lynn Hudson, Burton's granddaughter, said she was overwhelmed with the community support.

"I saw all of the flowers and the bears and it just -- it brought peace," Hudson said. "To know that so many people are supporting our family and supporting Gayle's family in our time of need."

Hudson said was out with her best friend, Buckwalter, as they were delivering Avon products to customers when their vehicle was hit by a suspected drunk driver.

"She was just amazing," Hudson said. "She loved to help people. She would take care of elderly people even though she herself was, you know, she was 77."

Their families said the women's service and their faith brought them together.

"It's hard," said Bill Buckwalter, Gayle's son. "She was a joy to be around. She's a little bit crazy, wild but very faithful, very cheerful."

So instead of focusing on the cause of the crash, Bill Buckwalter said he's going to take a faithful cue from his mom.

"It's not my place to judge," he said. "I think the best thing I can do is just have a good heart and love people, and that comes from my mom and dad."

He said he takes comfort knowing his mom and dad will be together once again.

"She misses my dad all the time so the fact that she's with my dad right now, I think gives my family a lot of peace," he said.

The funeral service for Carolyn Burton is set for Wednesday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Centennial. The service for Gayle Buckwalter is set for April 15 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Centennial.

Both services will be open to the public.

Meanwhile, 18-year-old Taden Jones is facing charges of vehicular manslaughter and DUI as a result of the crash. He'll next appear in court Thursday.

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