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Patricia M. Jarzobski

Wrongful death suit possible in rollover wreck in Colorado

Two people who were killed in a single-vehicle accident in Garfield County have been identified by police, according to local sources. Colorado authorities responded to calls about a serious accident in Rifle that claimed the life of two passengers and injured a third. The driver may face criminal charges, and state law will also allow the families of the deceased to file wrongful death suits against him in civil court. 

The details of the accident are not clear at this time, but it has been confirmed that the individuals in the vehicle were on a hunting trip on Dec. 29 when the crash occurred. The driver lost control of the vehicle, which was traveling on a private ranch road at the time. The car flipped over, injuring several passengers. No one in the vehicle was wearing a seat belt.

Car accidents: Wrong-way crash leads to fatality

A serious crash on Interstate 70 has claimed the lives of three people, according to local sources. The Colorado State Patrol responded to the crash on the evening of Dec. 22. As with most car accidents of this severity, the resulting investigation shut down the eastbound side of the interstate for hours while crash reconstruction units determined the cause of the accident. 

According to the preliminary report, a minivan driven by an 86-year-old man somehow entered the eastbound lanes of Interstate 70 while traveling westbound. Around 7:30 p.m., the man's vehicle struck a pickup truck head-on, causing catastrophic damage to both vehicles. The driver and his passenger, a 96-year-old woman, were both killed in the impact. 

Brain injury claims life of 21-year-old snowboarder in Colorado

This is the time of the year that brings masses of visitors to Colorado. Colorado's world-class ski resorts are their destinations, but with more people on the slopes, more accidents occur -- some resulting in catastrophic injuries, such as traumatic brain injury. Statistics show that 14 lives were lost on the ski slopes in Colorado in 2016.

One of the most recent ski accidents involved a 21-year-old man who took on a beginner trail on a snowboard at one of the Colorado resorts on Dec. 2. When he did not return, ski patrol apparently went in search and found him where he had crashed into a tree. Reportedly, the young man was alive when they reached him, but his injuries were critical.

Truck accidents: 1 dead, 1 hurt in Colorado

One person is dead and another is critically injured following a semi truck crash on Interstate 70, according to local law enforcement. Colorado State Patrol responded to the crash on the morning of Dec. 12. Thankfully, no other vehicles were involved in the accident, but as with most truck accidents of this magnitude, the investigation is ongoing. 

According to state officers, the crash occurred around 10:30 a.m. near the US 40 exit. It appears the driver of the truck, who has not been publicly identified by police, lost control of the westbound vehicle. This caused the truck to cross the median into the eastbound lanes, where it struck a set of concrete bridge pillars. The force of the impact necessitated the closure of I-40 in both directions for several hours while collision analysts studied the scene. 

Motorcycle accidents: 2 dead following crash in Colorado

An accident involving a motorcycle and an SUV ended in tragedy when two men were killed, according to local sources. Motorcycle accidents often cause serious or even fatal injuries, and Colorado police are pursuing a thorough investigation into what caused this most recent crash. For the moment, they have not determined which vehicle operator was at fault, but they have speculated that the motorcyclist himself may have caused the accident. 

According to the accident report, which is still incomplete at this time, it appears an SUV and a motorcycle crashed in an intersection in Thornton around noon on Dec. 6. The details of the accident have not been released to the public, but it has been confirmed that both the operator of the motorcycle and a passenger on his bike were killed in the collision. The passenger was also male, but neither man has been identified by name so far. 

Car accidents: 1 dead, 1 hurt in Colorado

A two-car crash in Boulder County has left one person dead and another injured, according to local authorities. Colorado State Patrol typically responds to car accidents on major state highways, so they were on the scene of this crash in the early morning of Nov. 27. So far, they have not filed charges against anyone involved in the accident, and their investigation into the cause of the crash is still underway. 

According to the preliminary accident report, the accident happened at an intersection on U.S. 287 before 9 a.m. One person, a 22-year-old woman, was pronounced dead by medical personnel arriving at the scene. A 45-year-old man was also hurt and was taken to a local hospital. The extent of his injuries have not been released to the public at this time, and his current condition is unknown. 

Car accidents: Woman dead in Colorado

A five-car accident has left one woman tragically dead and a child seriously hurt, according to local authorities. Colorado emergency services, responsible for responding to fatal car accidents, were on the scene to treat the injured parties. So far, the driver believed to have initiated the crash has not been charged, though police are waiting for toxicology scans to come back before deciding whether to move forward with criminal proceedings. 

The details of the crash are incomplete as of this report, but it has been confirmed that five vehicles were involved in a chain-reaction accident that took place around 7:00 a.m. the morning of Nov. 13. Four vehicles had come to a stop at a red light in the right-hand lane when a pickup truck failed to brake in time and rear-ended the first of the four cars, a minivan driven by the victim. The force of the impact killed the female driver of the minivan. 

Wrongful death case possible in fatal accident

A pedestrian is dead following a car crash on Interstate 76, according to authorities. Colorado police responded to the fatal accident the night of Nov. 19. The driver involved has not been criminally charged as of this report, but it is still possible the family of the deceased victim may file a wrongful death lawsuit in civil court. 

The details of this accident are still being pieced together by accident reconstruction teams, though it has been confirmed that the victim was a 67-year-old man from Denver. For reasons that have not yet been determined, the man was walking in the roadway in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 76 when the accident occurred. It appears a driver of a sedan struck the man around 6:30 p.m. 

Car accidents: 1 dead in Colorado

Local police were on the scene of a serious accident that claimed one life on the evening of Nov. 10, according to sources. Colorado Springs police responsible for handling car accidents are still in the process of investigating the two-car accident that killed a driver and injured two other people. As the driver believed responsible for the accident was killed, no charges are likely to be forthcoming. 

According to the accident report, a vehicle driven by an unknown person was traveling eastbound on Platte Avenue when, for reasons unknown, the driver moved the vehicle into the westbound lanes. This caused the car to crash headlong into a westbound vehicle carrying one driver and one passenger. None of these individuals have been publicly identified by police at this time. 

Car accidents: Pedestrian dead in Colorado

One person is dead following a pedestrian-level car accident in Boulder County. Colorado authorities responsible for investigating car accidents are still trying to piece together the facts of this case. So far, no one has been charged, and Colorado State Police have said it is still too early in their investigation to determine whether charges will be filed at a later time. 

According to the early accident reports, an unidentified pedestrian was crossing a road around 9:45 the night of Nov. 4. For reasons that have not yet been determined, a car struck the individual with enough force to kill that person. It is unclear whether they were declared dead at the scene or later at a hospital. 

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