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Patricia M. Jarzobski

Colorado street racers could face wrongful death lawsuit

Street racing is dangerous. Instead of being discouraged the way texting while driving and driving under the influence are, street racing has actually become promoted by popular television shows. Some programs present it in a fun, careless light without serious consequences or dangers. But it is dangerous -- not only for the racers, but also for others who share the roads. Two street racers in Colorado face criminal charges and also possibly a wrongful death lawsuit for the death of a man killed in an accident they caused recently.

A 64-year-old man was making a left turn in the early morning hours when he crossed into the path of two cars racing on the street. Although they were in a 35 mph speed zone, the two vehicles were going over 70 mph. One of the vehicles struck the man's truck, causing him to be ejected from the vehicle. He died at the scene.

Wrongful death claim possible re pedestrian accident

Accidents involving pedestrians are common in Colorado. Sometimes the fault is on the pedestrian, and sometimes it is on the driver. There are times when pedestrians don't wait for the crosswalk signal before crossing the street -- especially if there is a large group crossing, and other times the driver either doesn't see the pedestrian or runs a red light. An accident earlier this week seems to be due to yet another reason. A driver may face a wrongful death lawsuit regarding a pedestrian accident involving driving under the influence.

After midnight on a recent Sunday, a woman was crossing the street when she was struck by a vehicle. Paramedics were called, and they tried resuscitate the woman. Sadly, their attempts were unsuccessful and she died from her injuries lying in the street. The victim, a 40-year-old homeless woman, was finally identified four days later when her sister saw a photo of her on social media.

Increase in Colorado car accidents linked to marijuana

Everyone knows that drinking and driving is not only illegal but also extremely dangerous. It has a direct correlation with the number of car accidents that occur, and often these accidents are fatal. But what about other mind-altering substances, such as marijuana? Recent studies have shown that there is a link between the states, including Colorado, that have legalized the recreational use of marijuana and the number of car crashes that have occurred in them.

Past studies have indicated that there is no direct correlation between states that have legalized the use of marijuana and the number of fatal car accidents. New studies, however, have found that the number of car crashes overall in those states, including Colorado, is up almost 6 percent compared to surrounding states that have not legalized its use. Research shows that drivers under the influence of marijuana have delayed thought processes and perceptual abilities and also weave more when in a driving simulator.

Colorado Springs reaches 40 fatal car accidents

Colorado Springs is getting closer and closer to setting a record it doesn't want to achieve. It is now only three car accidents away from matching the record that was set in 1986 when the city suffered a total of 43 fatal crashes in a calendar year. Fatal crash number 40 was unfortunately reached this week when a motorcycle rider died following a collision with another vehicle.

According to reports, a 50-year-old man lost his life when the motorcycle he was riding collided with a car on Bijou Street going over I-25. Police say that the motorcycle ran a red light and struck the side of a Mercedes, which had entered the intersection on a green light. The man was taken to an area hospital where he passed away as a result of his injuries. It is not known if he was wearing a helmet.

Wrongful death suit likely for repeat DUI offender

Many people have DUIs on their record. Often, someone makes a bad judgement, has too much to drink before driving, gets arrested and learns from his or her mistake. Most offenders only make this mistake once. A Colorado man with a staggering six DUI convictions apparently didn't learn from his mistakes, and now he faces a huge number of charges, including murder and, most likely, wrongful death.

The 47-year-old man has been arrested following an accident that occurred on September 30 that took the life of a 25-year-old woman. The woman was sitting at a red light on her way home from church when the man's truck crashed into the back of her car, forcing her car into the intersection. This caused another crash involving three more vehicles. The woman was taken to a hospital where she succumbed to her injuries. According to reports, the man was intoxicated and speeding at the time he slammed into the woman's car.

Several injured in car accidents caused by man in a stolen truck

Several people have been injured in a series of crashes in Otero County on Monday. The car accidents were caused by a man in a stolen pickup truck. Colorado State police are investigating the chain of events that took place along Highway 50.

A 48-year-old man reportedly stole a GMC Sierra pickup truck in Fowler before heading east on Highway 50. After Rocky Ford police attempted to stop him, he fled and sped east also avoiding being stopped by Otero county deputies. The first incident happened after the man attempted to aggressively move another car that was in front of him out of his way. He was unsuccessful in his attempt and ended up driving into the median before hitting a delineator post and a street sign. This didn't stop him, and he continued on down the road, causing more chaos.

Car accidents in Colorado Springs bring back red light cameras

Life is busy: everyone gets in a rush. Often it seems like red lights have the absolute worst timing possible--turning and staying red when one is in the biggest of hurries. Sometimes getting through a yellow light before it turns red becomes almost a challenge -- one taken far too lightly. Failure to stop at red lights is one of the most common causes of car accidents. The high number of accidents at red lights in Colorado Springs is prompting the police chief there to take action.

Colorado Springs is about to set a record, but this is one no one's going to celebrate. The city is approaching a startling 40 traffic deaths this year. While there are multiple reasons for the rise in car accidents, one of the biggest causes of fatalities is the running of red lights. The Colorado Springs police chief has announced that soon red light cameras will be installed at multiple locations around the city to help combat this dangerous act. Hopefully, the increased possibility of receiving a ticket will cause drivers to be more cautious and take fewer risks.

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. 


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