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Car accidents: 2 dead in Colorado crash on U.S. Highway 160

Patricia M. Jarzobski

Car accidents happen every day. Some are minor, with no injuries and very little damage to cars. Other car accidents result in severe injuries or even death for the occupants of the vehicles involved. The Colorado State Patrol reported that a crash between two vehicles led to the deaths of the two people.

Twin 16-year-old boys were riding in a sedan that veered from its westbound lane on U.S. Highway 160 into oncoming traffic. In a head-on collision, the sedan struck an eastbound pickup truck. One passenger from each vehicle was killed, and both drivers were seriously injured. A report did not list the condition of the male driver of the pickup, but the boy driving the sedan was still in the intensive care unit with his condition listed as stable.

A possible reason for the collision was not given by the State Patrol. They did confirm that they did not suspect drugs or alcohol as factors. It was not reported if the victims were wearing seatbelts. The weather at the time of the crash was also not disclosed. In addition to the death of the twin brother, a 64-year-old female passenger in the pickup was killed.

While no charges had been made by the Colorado State Patrol against the teenager at the time of the report, the preliminary information suggests that his failure to keep the vehicle in the correct lane led to the crash. If that is confirmed by the gathered evidence, the family of the woman who was killed may choose to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit against the young man, as well as any separate owner of the vehicle he was operating. When car accidents result in serious injury or death, it typically makes sense to explore the options available for seeking recompense for financial damages. The family of the deceased brother has a similar right, and owing to the nature of the tragedy, might elect to pursue an insurance settlement to cover funeral and burial expenses.

Source: durangoherald.com, "Mancos teen dies in crash", Tobie Baker, June 17, 2015

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