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Patricia M. Jarzobski

Car accidents: child killed in Colorado

Police suspect drugs and alcohol could have been contributing factors in a deadly crash that claimed the life of a child on Highway 50 the night of Feb. 14. Colorado State Patrol was called to the scene of the accident that killed a 6-year-old boy. One driver was arrested, but as with most car accidents where alcohol and drugs are potential factors, this investigation is still underway. 

According to the limited information provided in the report, it appears a vehicle driven by a 26-year-old man was headed southbound on Highway 50 when, for reasons that have not been confirmed, the vehicle crossed the center line and left the road. It then rolled onto the passenger side, ejecting the 6-year-old male victim who became pinned under the vehicle. The child was pronounced dead at the scene. 

You might not link your silent brain injury to a car accident

It is not uncommon for a crash victim in Colorado to refuse a medical evaluation after a car accident because he or she sees no apparent injuries. However, many injuries are hidden at first, and when the damage becomes apparent, the victim might not link it to the car accident. For example, a penetration injury to the skull will automatically receive medical attention. At the same time, violent stopping and the impact of a collision could cause whiplash and an invisible brain injury that might not receive the careful medical evaluation and prompt treatment they require.

Many of the telltale signs of silent brain injuries become apparent in the days or even weeks after an accident. Moodiness, headaches, and sound or light sensitivity should be seen as red flags, and mental fogginess, problems with focusing and slowed reactions could indicate brain trauma. A brain injury can also cause sudden attacks of anxiety or spontaneous emotional reactions and forgetfulness. Even if only one of these symptoms appears, it would be best to see a doctor.

Car accidents: 1 badly hurt in Colorado crash

A two-car crash has sent one person to the hospital in critical condition, according to local sources. The accident apparently occurred on the early morning of Jan. 28 near the Colorado Springs Airport. So far no charges have been announced, but as with many car accidents, this one remains under investigation. 

According to the limited information provided in the report, it appears an unidentified driver was traveling northbound around 4 a.m. when he apparently ran a stop sign. This caused an eastbound vehicle, driven by another unidentified individual, to crash into the northbound car. The driver of the car that ran the sign was badly  hurt and was rushed to a local hospital. His injuries were described as severe. 

Car accidents: 1 badly hurt in drunk driving crash

One woman is in custody and another person is seriously hurt after a car accident in Colorado Springs. Authorities responded to the crash in the west downtown of the Colorado city late on the night of Jan. 25. Police believe that as with many car accidents, the driver in this incident may have been intoxicated at the time of the crash. She is facing serious charges and could face jail time if she is convicted. 

According to the report, around 9 p.m. during the night of Jan. 25, a 51-year-old woman was driving eastbound on West Colorado Avenue at a high rate of speed when the accident occurred. It appears she lost control of the vehicle, which spun across the road before striking a curb and two parked cars. The parked vehicles were thankfully unoccupied at the time of the impact. 

Car accidents: 1 driver dead in 2-vehicle crash

A 33-year-old male has tragically lost his life following a serious two-vehicle accident south of Colorado Springs, according to local sources. A Colorado State Trooper has confirmed the death of the man, who they say was the driver of one of the two vehicles involved. Car accidents causing fatalities are always carefully investigated, and while no criminal charges have been filed at this time, they have not been ruled out. 

According to a trooper who saw the crash, it appears that, around 8 p.m. the night of Jan. 12, two SUVs were traveling northbound on Interstate 25 when the accident occurred. For reasons that have not been determined, the driver of one vehicle veered off the road and then attempted to course-correct back onto the interstate. The driver lost control and struck the other vehicle, forcing both SUVs off the highway. 

Car accidents: 2 injured in Colorado

Two people have been injured in a serious car accident that police believe may have been predicated by drunk driving, according to local sources. Colorado authorities responded to the crash that took place the evening of Jan. 7. As with a troubling number of car accidents, police believe both speed and alcohol could have been contributing factors to the crash, but for the moment, no charges have been filed. 

According to the accident report, around 5:20 p.m. police responded to a crash on South Academy Boulevard in Colorado Springs. It appears a vehicle was traveling southbound when a northbound vehicle attempted to negotiate a left-hand turn. As a result, the southbound vehicle struck the northbound vehicle, causing major damage to both cars. 

Car accidents: Fatal crash claims life in Colorado

Police responded to a two-vehicle crash that claimed one life on U.S. 160 on the afternoon of Dec. 31. The Colorado State Patrol has confirmed that the accident, like most fatal car accidents, is still under investigation by accident specialists. For the moment, no charges have been filed against anyone involved, but the investigation may turn up cause for criminal charges at a later time. 

According to the limited information available in the report, it appears that around 1 p.m., the accident involved a pickup truck driven by a Colorado resident and a sedan with plates from Arizona. The accident took place about four miles south of Cortez on U.S. 160/491. The details of the crash have not been reported at this time, but it has been confirmed that a male occupant of the sedan suffered major injuries and was killed in the crash. That individual has not been identified pending notification of next-of-kin. 

Car accidents: Driver accused of causing crash faces charges

A man is facing misdemeanor charges following a car accident police say he caused back in October. The 24-year-old Colorado resident is accused of causing a fatal crash on Colorado Highway 6 on Oct. 3. A total of seven people were involved in the accident. However, as with many car accidents, a cause for this crash has yet to be fully determined, and police are still speaking with witnesses to determine the cause. 

According to the report, it appears the 24-year-old man was transporting two individuals in his truck when the accident occurred. Summit Fire personnel responded to the accident, which happened around 6:50 a.m. and involved two vehicles -- the driver's pickup truck and a second pickup coming the opposite way. Police say it appears the man's truck crossed the median into the westbound lanes, precipitating the head-on collision. 

Anesthesia complication leads to brain injury for Colorado girl

Every day, thousands of individuals undergo surgical procedures. While some of these procedures are necessary for the Colorado resident to maintain quality of life, many of them are considered elective and performed for minor or even cosmetic reasons. The individual undergoing elect surgery does know that there are risks involved; however, the possibility of such surgery leading to brain injury often does not seem to be a realistic concern.

Prior to surgery, some form of anesthesia is generally administered. For one Colorado woman, this is the point at which the unthinkable happened. This 18-year-old young lady elected to have breast augmentation surgery to alter her appearance and self-image. However, instead of the result she was anticipating, something went wrong while the anesthesia was being administered.

Car accidents: 3 dead in Colorado Springs

Three people have died as a result of a three-car collision in El Paso County, according to local and state sources. Colorado State Patrol has confirmed the deaths of three people as well as three others who were injured. The driver believed to be responsible for the crash was also killed in the collision, so criminal charges are not forthcoming. As with most car accidents, this one is still under investigation. 

According to police records, around 3 p.m. the afternoon of Nov. 16, an SUV driven by a 75-year-old woman and carrying two passengers reportedly ran a stop sign at an intersection in El Paso County, causing a collision with a pickup truck and another SUV. The driver and the two passengers, a 58-year-old man and a 57-year-old woman, were all killed in the crash. It is unclear whether they died on the scene or later at the hospital. 

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