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Patricia M. Jarzobski

Colorado murder victim's family can still file for wrongful death

There are times when the family of a murder victim feel they have no control over the fate of the murderer. That is the case for the family of an Edwards, Colorado, woman. The woman's murderer has accepted a plea deal for second-degree murder and burglary, which would make it possible for him to be paroled after serving 51 years of his 68 year sentence. Her family feels this punishment is completely inadequate and fought to have the deal declined by prosecutors; however, they lost their argument, and the plea deal was accepted. Although the victim's family was not able to see man go through a criminal murder trial, they can still file a wrongful death suit and have him stand trial in civil court.

The events leading up to this murder began when a Pennsylvania couple decided to make an impromptu move to Colorado. They drove toward the mountains and decided they would live off the land. When that didn't go as planned, the couple decided to break into someone's house for food and shelter. They chose the house of a 74-year-old woman.

Colorado mother speaks out about motorcycle accidents

Earlier this summer, a 21-year-old man left on his motorcycle for a quick ride in Broomfield, but he never returned from that trip. He was involved in a serious crash, and ended up in a coma. In a split second his life changed, as did the life of his mother. This Colorado accident led the young man's mother to a new mission in life, urging drivers to slow down and urging motorcycle riders to wear helmets -- two factors that can have devastating consequences in motorcycle accidents like her son's.

While most motorcycle riders wear a helmet regardless of the law, even careful riders can fall victim to the "I'm not going far" or "It won't happen to me" way of thinking. That is what happened in this incident. He usually wore a helmet but didn't that fateful day. His short trip took a tragic turn when his motorcycle was struck by a car whose driver was trying to make it through a yellow light. In an instant the biker had multiple broken bones and a traumatic brain injury that would leave him in a coma for a month.

Car accidents: 2 dead in Colorado

Two people are dead and three more are in local hospitals following a serious accident in Chaffee County. Colorado authorities who typically respond to car accidents of this type have reported the fatalities and injuries. For the moment, charges are not being filed against anyone involved, though police believe that speed may have been a factor in the crash. 

Details about this accident are scarce at this point, but according to the police report, a 57-year-old man was driving on Highway 24 when the crash occurred. Apparently the man lost control of his vehicle and slammed into another car somewhere around mile marker 217. The force of the impact killed the man and his passenger, a woman of indeterminate age. 

Car accidents: 1 dead in Colorado

A two-vehicle collision near Calhan has claimed the life of a beloved local softball coach and another individual, according to reports. Colorado authorities responded to the fatal crash that claimed the life of a 25-year-old woman. Charges may be upcoming for the other driver, and as is common in car accidents of this type, the family of the deceased victim could have additional legal recourse available to them at the state level.

According to the accident report, the 25-year-old assistant coach of a local school's softball team was driving on U.S. 24 around 1:30 a.m. the morning of Aug. 28 when the accident occurred. A vehicle traveling the other direction, driven by a 22-year-old woman, drifted into the oncoming lane, causing a head-on collision. The force of the impact destroyed both vehicles and killed the 25-year-old, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

Motorcycle accidents often caused by negligent motorists

The vast majority of motorcyclists diligently follow the recommended safety standards and pay close attention to the road when they are out on their bikes. Unfortunately, even the most skilled riders face the dangers posed by negligent motorists, who are responsible for countless motorcycle accidents. One recent collision left a man dead and Colorado State Police searching for a driver.

An initial report indicated that a motorcyclist was involved in a crash with a wild animal. After investigators arrived on the scene, it was determined that the 63-year-old man was the victim of a hit-and-run wreck. The accident occurred around 2 a.m. Officials confirmed via a social media post that the incident was fatal.

Car accidents: Teen driver kills 1 in suspected DUI crash

The Colorado State Patrol is investigating a fatal crash that occurred on a recent Saturday night. Many lives are lost in drunk driving car accidents, and authorities suspect this might be one of those. They say both drivers wore their seat belts, but impairment is being looked at as a possible factor in this crash.

A preliminary accident report indicates that a collision happened shortly after 10:40 p.m. near Sterling on Highway 6. Reportedly, a 16-year-old male from Sterling was heading west in the eastbound lanes of the highway. A 52-year-old woman, also a Sterling resident, was traveling east at that time, and she collided head-on with the wrong-way driver's vehicle.

Car accidents: 1 dead in Colorado

A tragic two-car crash claimed the life of a child on the afternoon of Aug. 10, according to local sources. Colorado State Patrol responded to the crash that also injured two other people. As with most car accidents, information is still being gathered, and until the investigation is complete, no criminal charges are likely to be filed.

Very few details have been released to the public about the nature of this accident. However, it has been confirmed that an eastbound vehicle on Interstate 70 just west of Denver apparently crossed the center line into westbound traffic. This caused the vehicle to be struck by a westbound pickup truck. Based on photos taken at the crash site, the force of the impact appears to have torn the back half of the passenger car completely off. The damage to the pickup truck was not recorded.

Car accidents: Colorado Springs woman killed

Tragically, a woman lost her life after she was struck by a car on the morning of Aug. 5. Police in Colorado Springs are not expected to press charges against the driver involved. However, there still may be legal recourse available to the woman's family. In fatal car accidents, a wrongful death lawsuit may appropriate when the evidence suggests that a driver's negligence was the cause of the crash.

According to the accident report, the 36-year-old woman was crossing an intersection in Colorado Springs when the impact occurred. A sedan headed northbound apparently had a green light as it entered the intersection. The vehicle struck the woman, causing serious injury.

Car accidents: 4 injured in Colorado

A serious car accident has sent four people to local hospitals, according to local sources. Authorities in Colorado Springs responded to a car crash on the afternoon of July 25. So far, the cause of this crash is still under investigation. As with many car accidents, this investigation could take time before analysts can determine what happened.

Very little information is available about the single-vehicle crash that occurred in the northbound lanes of Powers. Photo evidence from the scene suggests the vehicle was traveling at a fast rate of speed before striking an obstacle that destroyed the front of the car. The reason for this collision is not currently known.

Car accidents: 2 teens dead in Colorado crash

Two young people tragically lost their lives in a single-car crash near Redstone. Colorado State Patrol responded and closed Highway 133 in both directions to facilitate their investigation. As with most car accidents that result in fatalities, this investigation is still underway as of this report.

According to the accident report, a call was received at about noon on July 20 indicating a crash had taken place. It appears the 17-year-old driver lost control of the vehicle, causing it to travel some 100 feet off the roadway before crashing. The driver, as well as a 19-year-old passenger traveling in the front seat, were both pronounced dead at the scene. They did not appear to be wearing seat belts.

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