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Fatal car accident kills mother of a Colorado groom

A family in town for a wedding has received a terrible shock. A fatal car accident has ended the life of a 56-year-old woman who was visiting Colorado to attend her son's wedding. The incident has likely left a family reeling at a time when they expected to be celebrating a joyous event.

Reports say that the crash occurred on a recent Tuesday morning near Cañon City, Colorado. The State Patrol says the 56-year-old victim was driving a minivan with two teenage passengers inside when she approached an intersection. She stopped at a stop sign before entering the intersection but was then struck by a pickup truck.

She was flown to a Colorado Springs hospital for treatment for her injuries. She died sometime later. The two teens were also injured in the crash and were treated and released. Authorities don't say if the teenagers were her children, but they share the same last name.

Colorado police arrested the driver who struck their vehicle. They suspect that he may have been driving while impaired at the time of the crash. The incident is still under investigation and charges may be brought as a result.

For the family of the deceased and injured, this has to be an incredibly difficult time. As they struggle to come to terms with their loss, they may find some slight comfort knowing that a wrongful death suit remains an option available to them. Any time a fatal car accident is the result of negligence, the immediate family of the deceased has the right to pursue legal action in the matter. Those injured could also have legitimate claims for compensation for their suffering and pain.

Source: Cañon City Daily Record, "California woman, Rachel Witmer, dies in 2-vehicle accident," Carie Canterbury, Nov. 7, 2012

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