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Car accidents: child hurt in crash in Colorado

Patricia M. Jarzobski

A 6-year-old girl sustained serious injuries after being struck by a car in Estes Park, according to local news sources. North Colorado emergency responders were on the scene of the accident, accompanied by local police, to determine the cause of the crash. As with many car accidents of this type, this serious crash is still under investigation at this time. 

An employee at a local store said he heard a loud bang at the time of the accident, which took place on March 8. According to the witness, the 6-year-old girl had been struck by a vehicle not far from the store where he works. Police arriving on the scene blocked off the street to allow medical personnel access to the girl. She was airlifted to a local hospital via helicopter, and her injuries are said to be considered serious. 

Police have remained tight-lipped about the driver of the vehicle involved in the accident. While they confirmed the details, including that a child had been involved and the location of the accident, they have not said publicly whether they are planning to file charges against the driver. They have also not commented on what they believe may have predicated the accident. 

Car accidents involving pedestrians sometimes result in criminal charges against the driver involved, given the greater responsibility on drivers to be aware of their surroundings. It remains to be seen whether charges are filed in this case. However, even if the driver is not criminally charged, the family of the injured girl is entitled under Colorado law to file a personal injury suit in civil court that is not contingent on a conviction or even a criminal charge. 

Source: eptrail.com, "6-year-old girl struck by vehicle on Elkhorn Ave.", Zach Clemens, March 8, 2018

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