Teen Driver Was High on Laughing Gas When She Killed Fire Fighter

​Sherry Marks, the 19-year-old driver whose Ford Mustang struck and killed Miami firefighter Leslie Luma two weeks ago, admitted she had taken drugs at the time of the crash. Marks admitted to taking Xanax and Lexapro, which she may have been prescribed, but she was also high on nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas or, when inhaled from a whipped cream canister, whippets.

Police found Cream Whippers as well as several cylinders of the drug. Marks admitted to taking the drug at her boyfriend's house just 20 minutes before the crash.

Luma was an eight-year veteran of Miami Fire rescue, a father of three, and had recently returned from a rescue mission in Haiti. [JustNews | NBCMiami]

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