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Patricia M. Jarzobski

Doctor may face wrongful death claim for mother and toddler

Doctors are often thought of as intelligent, level-headed, responsible members of society. They are expected to demonstrate care and consideration both in and out of the office. Sometimes, however, they make mistakes and act recklessly or even as though they are above the law. One Colorado doctor's seemingly poor judgment in his personal life cost the lives of a mother and her toddler. Now he faces criminal charges and also possibly a wrongful death civil claim for his deadly decisions on a Colorado roadway.

A 43-year-old mother and her 3-year-old son were sitting in their minivan at a red light. A 45-year-old doctor slammed his truck into the back of their vehicle at 56 mph, apparently never even touching his brakes. The impact caused a chain reaction involving four other cars. The mother was killed in the crash, and her son succumbed to his injuries two days later in a hospital.

Driver in hit-and-run car accident with pedestrian arrested

Car accidents that involve pedestrians are unfortunately a common event. Distracted driving, failure to look for oncoming traffic, intoxication and loss of control are just some of the reasons they occur. Regardless of the reason for the car accident, one truth that should not vary is that the driver of the vehicle stops to check on and assist the pedestrian. That doesn't always happen, as was the case when a vehicle struck a pedestrian recently in Colorado Springs. That hit-and-run driver has now been found and arrested.

On the evening of Dec. 21, a Colorado Springs man was crossing Murray Boulevard on foot. Although the pedestrian had the right-of-way, a car failed to yield and ran into him. Reportedly, the driver fled the scene, leaving a badly-injured victim behind.

Woman killed in head-on car accident on icy Colorado highway

Driving in the winter requires extra care and caution. Snow and ice on roadways cause a loss of traction and increase stopping distance. Most people either adjust their driving style when driving in adverse conditions or just avoid it altogether. When living in an area that has frequent snow, like much of Colorado, some people become complacent and stop being as careful as they were at the beginning of the season. This loss of caution often leads to a car accident – sometimes with grave consequences.

Winter road conditions appear to have contributed to a crash recently that took the life of a Colorado woman. Around 4:30 p.m. a truck traveling southbound on Highway 131 lost control on the icy road and crossed into the northbound lanes, hitting an SUV. The head-on crash badly mangled the truck, requiring firefighters to extricate at least two of the occupants. One passenger was freed using hand tools, but another had to be removed using hydraulic tools.

Impairment leads to holiday car accidents

The holidays are a time of celebration in Colorado. Office Christmas parties, family get-togethers and community social events flood the calendar. Often these events involve alcohol either in the form of wine, beer or even the ever-festive eggnog. The problem arises when the social alcohol consumption leads to partygoers driving home under the influence. It may not be the first thing to come to mind when thinking about the holiday season, but the number of impairment-related car accidents is very high around the holidays.

One car accident on Christmas Eve appears to fall into the category of an impairment-related holiday crash. The crash occurred on Interstate 70 just west of Denver. State police responded to the scene of the two vehicle accident just before 8:30 that evening.

Naked driver and woman at home injured in car accident

Every time someone gets in a car there is always the possibility of the trip ending with an accident. Car accidents are extremely common, but cars are a necessity, so it is a risk most everyone has come to terms with. What no one is prepared for is being involved in a car accident while not even being in a car. That is exactly what happened to one woman who was at home this week when a car driven by a naked man crashed into her Denver apartment.

Around 2:30 a.m. on Dec. 12, a 59-year-old woman was at home when a sedan came crashing through her apartment walls. As if that wasn't shocking enough, a second surprise was revealed when the man stepped out of his vehicle. He was completely naked.

Wrongful death claim possible in DUI crash that killed 3

Losing a family member in an accident is a heartbreaking experience. Losing two family members at the same time is understandably even more devastating. A Colorado family experienced just that type of tragedy resulting from an accident during which an elderly husband and wife were both killed by a drunk driver. The driver in that accident has been sentenced to prison, and the victims' family clearly has grounds to pursue a wrongful death claim against the man.

Last July, the 30-year-old man was speeding recklessly on a Colorado Springs road, swerving in and out of traffic and blaring music, according to witnesses. While going over 70 mph in a 40 mph zone, he slammed his vehicle into another one occupied by an elderly couple.  The speeding driver, although severely injured, was the only survivor in the crash. His passenger, his 31-year-old brother, was not wearing a seat belt and was killed in the accident. In the second car, a 73-year-old mother and substitute teacher died at the scene while her husband of 47 years, a 76-year-old Vietnam veteran and real estate agent, joined her soon after from a local hospital.

Thanksgiving burglary ends with car accident leaving 2 dead

When most people wake on Thanksgiving morning and thoughts begin to swirl in their minds about their plans for the day, those plans usually include things like eating too much turkey, watching the parade, rooting for their favorite football team and maybe even heading out into the craziness of the Black Friday madness. One Colorado man had a much different plan for Thanksgiving that, according to the police, included starting off the morning by burglarizing a pawn shop. Unfortunately, that early morning decision initiated a string of events that resulted in a car accident that took the lives of two people.

In the early morning hours of Thanksgiving Day, a 19-year-old man driving a stolen truck broke into a Colorado pawn shop and stole two assault rifles. Later that morning, police received a tip about firearms in a suspicious vehicle. As the officers approached the truck, the driver sped away, but the officers did not chase the vehicle. Soon, however, they were notified that it was involved in a multi-car crash. That gruesome crash took the lives of a 55-year-old man and his 38-year-old daughter, who were killed immediately.

Judge's wife killed in Thanksgiving hit-and-run car accident

The holidays are a time of happiness, family, celebration and excitement. One family from another state will never think of Thanksgiving the same way again. Their memories will forever be tainted by the tragedy that occurred this Thanksgiving in a Denver crosswalk. On that fateful night, three members of their family were struck by a vehicle in a hit-and-run car accident. One of the family members will never get to have another Thanksgiving, and the others are left to relive the disaster each year.

Many people zig-zag across the country each year via car, plane or bus to be able to spend Thanksgiving with their loved ones. A judge from another state and his wife were visiting their daughter in Denver this Thanksgiving. That evening, as the family of three was in the crosswalk at the intersection of Martin Luther King Boulevard and Quebec Street, they were all struck by a car. The father and daughter were injured and taken to the hospital. The wife was killed.

Wrongful death of elderly woman in senior center explosion

When an elderly person moves into a senior living facility, safety is usually one of the primary reasons. The facility may provide health care, assistance with basic daily tasks or even just companionship so the elderly person isn't alone. Of all of the tragedies that can occur at a senior community, an explosion is not one of the normal possibilities, but unfortunately one happened recently in a Denver community. Now it is possible a construction company may face a wrongful death lawsuit due to its role in the tragedy.

Firefighters responded to a call from a Denver senior community after natural gas was detected on a Friday afternoon. The firefighters contacted the gas company, who arrived at the scene minutes before an explosion took place. The blast caused several buildings to catch fire and others to be damaged. A firefighter and a resident were taken to the hospital, and an 82-year-old resident was killed in the explosion.

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.


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