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Car accidents: one dead in Colorado Springs

Patricia M. Jarzobski

A serious accident has claimed one life and sent two other people to the hospital, sources have confirmed. Colorado Springs police, who have handled multiple fatal car accidents so far this year, were on the scene of the crash. They have not filed charges against the driver as of this report.

The accident report is incomplete at this time, but it has been confirmed that, at approximately 4:25 p.m. the afternoon of Aug. 16, a westbound SUV driven by an unidentified person crashed into a truck on the driver's side. The force of the impact killed the driver of the truck, whose identity has not been released, pending notification of next-of-kin. Two passengers in the crashed vehicle were taken to a local hospital with injuries described as minor.

The status of the driver of the SUV is unknown at this time. Police have not determined a cause for the accident at this time, but they have ruled out speed, alcohol or drugs as possible causes. It is still possible that criminal charges could be filed in this incident, depending on the findings of the Colorado Springs Major Accident unit.

Even if no charges are filed, Colorado state law allows the family of the deceased driver to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver; this is true of many car accidents. It would be necessary to cite evidence of the driver's material contribution to the accident, which can be obtained from police sources. The injured parties may also wish to file personal injury suits, depending on the severity of their injuries.

Source: koaa.com, "UPDATE: One person dies in fatal accident in Colorado Springs", Tom Kackley, Aug. 16, 2017

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