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Guilty verdict in Denver wrong-way crash; car accident suit next?

Patricia M. Jarzobski

A fatal DUI car accident results in tragic and permanent consequences for family members of innocent people whose lives are cut short by intoxicated drivers. A Colorado woman has been found guilty of DUI vehicular homicide for her role in the car accident death of a young mother in May 2011. In that accident, the now-convicted woman drove the wrong way along Interstate 25, ultimately crashing her SUV head-on into the victim's sedan.

Blood-alcohol tests revealed that the wrong-way driver's alcohol content was .219 percent on the morning after the fatal crash occurred. Another vehicle was also struck immediately after the fatal collision, injuring an occupant as well.

While the deceased woman's mother expressed relief the other woman was found responsible for her daughter's death, she observed that life for her granddaughter, the victim's 13-year-old daughter, is now particularly rough. There is little doubt that this girl's life is going to be more difficult without her mother's love and support.

Any time a Colorado citizen is injured killed in a car accident due to a drunk driver, the consequences are devastating. While a family may find some solace is seeing a wrongdoer face criminal penalties for their misconduct, it often does little to take away the hurt or the financial consequences of such a tragedy. Colorado civil courts often hear wrongful death claims filed by surviving family members that seek to ensure a wrongdoer is held fully accountable for their misdeeds while also providing some measure of financial reimbursement for the damages suffered due to the negligent and often reckless acts of another.

Source: TheDenverChannel.com, "Driver Guilty In Wrong-Way Crash That Killed Woman," Alan Gathright, June 11, 2012

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