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09/04/2013 08:59 am ET

Medical Marijuana Activist Killed By Suspected Drunk Driver In Head-On Car Crash

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A prominent marijuana reform activist and mother of four was killed over the weekend when a suspected drunk driver slammed into her car head-on after entering the highway traveling the wrong direction.

Jennifer Friede, 34, was better known as Jenny Kush in the Denver area for her work promoting expanded access to cannabis. Her boyfriend, who was driving the vehicle, was also hospitalized but has since been released, CBS4 reported.

The driver of the other vehicle, Rebecca Maez, reportedly remains in custody, facing charges of vehicular homicide and driving under the influence. She has previously been arrested for DUI and drugged driving, according to the Denver Post.

Friede's friends and family will gather in in Denver on Wednesday to celebrate her life, according to a Facebook event. From the description:

We will be getting together at the Hoodlab in Denver on Wednesday evening to be together to celebrate the life of our wonderful friend Jenny Kush. We ask everyone to bring with them good vibes, memories of Jenny to share, and lots of love and hugs! Come decked out in any attire that reminds of your Jenny: unicorns, rainbows, purple or anything else that brings a smile to your face when you think of her.

The Weed Blog reported that Friede was a founding member of the group, Moms for Marijuana International, which launched a few years back. After helping to launch Colorado's first chapter, Friede reportedly got more involved in the local cannabis community. The Weed Blog has set up a fundraising page for her grieving family.

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