One of the most dangerous circumstances that can occur on Colorado roadways involves a disabled vehicle. When a car or truck becomes inoperable and motorists attempt to move or service those vehicles, a range of incidents can occur that are likely to bring harm to the individuals who are involved. One recent fatal accident underscores the vulnerability that motorists face while outside of their vehicles.
The incident took place near 4 p.m. on a recent Monday afternoon. Two individuals were attempting to push a disabled minivan out of the road when they were struck by a Dodge Durango. A witness told reporters that he heard and saw the accident and ran over to try to assist. One man was pinned under the Durango, and at least two other people were visibly injured.
A nurse arrived and began CPR on one of the victims, while the chaotic scene continued to play out. A woman was extremely distraught, and alternated between sobbing over the man caught beneath the vehicle and trying to comfort a child who was also injured at the scene. A witness believes that it was her husband who was killed in the crash.
Authorities believe that there were four people in the vehicle that was disabled, as well as another person who was assisting them in pushing the car off the road. The driver of the Durango has been arrested and charged with DUI and vehicular homicide. As the families of the deceased individuals begin the grieving process, they will have a long and difficult road ahead. When they are ready to face the man who is believed to have caused this fatal accident, they may do so at the Colorado criminal trial. In addition, they also retain the right to pursue a wrongful death action against him in an effort to recover some of the costs associated with their losses.
Source: koaa.com, "Driver arrested in deadly accident in Colorado Springs," Andy Koen, Nov. 13, 2012