When police responded to a report of an accident on Interstate 70 outside of Denver, they found that two women had been killed after being hit by a truck that was towing a loaded horse trailer. The victims had stopped on the side of the road to change a flat tire. They were en route to a joint birthday celebration with another family member in Aurora at the time of the fatal accident. An 18-year-old passenger in their vehicle, the son of one of the victims, survived the crash.
Upon further investigation, police discovered that the man who claimed responsibility for the accident was not, in fact, the driver at the time of the impact. It was his 16-year-old son who was behind the wheel when the truck crashed into the two women on the side of the road. Immediately following the crash, the man sent his son to a car containing his friends, who had been following the truck. The son and the friends left the scene.
Now the 16-year-old faces two felony counts of failure to remain at the scene of an accident. He is also charged with two counts of careless driving causing death. His father is charged with one count of false reporting.
The surviving son of one of the women has spoken out about the incident, stating that he witnessed the collision, which sent both his mother and cousin airborne. Remarkably, he expressed his ability to forgive the driver, even in the days immediately following the accident.
This family will continue to grieve the death of their loved ones for years to come. Their sudden loss is unimaginable for many people. But even though nothing can bring back a family member whose life was taken too soon, it is possible to achieve some degree of solace after a fatal accident. In the wake of such an incalculable loss, wrongful death lawsuits help many grieving families at least come to terms with the devastation they have experienced.
Source: Denver Westword, “Michel Martin tries to cover for his son in crash that killed Shun Jones, Amanda Omo-Iyamu?” Sam Levin, July 16, 2012