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Car accidents: Colorado crash kills 2

Patricia M. Jarzobski

Tragically, two people have lost their lives following a serious car accident on Highway 287 the morning of April 30. Colorado State Police have confirmed that two vehicles were involved in the accident, though one of the two drivers apparently survived the crash. As with most car accidents of this magnitude, police closed the highway both ways to facilitate their investigation. 

The details of exactly how the crash occurred are still not clear, but police say a vehicle driven by a 40-year-old woman from Thornton collided with a vehicle driven by a 56-year-old woman. Police have not determined which driver or drivers were responsible for the crash. However, the impact was severe enough that both the 40-year-old woman and her 44-year-old passenger, a man, were killed in the accident. 

The woman driving the other vehicle survived the crash, but she apparently suffered severe injuries and was rushed to a local hospital for treatment. The extent of her injuries and her current condition are not known. Police have not released the identities of any of the individuals involved in the crash, including the relationship between the two deceased parties, pending notification of next-of-kin. 

Car accidents that cause fatalities are always carefully scrutinized by specialists working with Colorado law enforcement, especially when their cause is not immediately apparent. In this case, the only person who could face criminal charges is the surviving driver, and only if police determine she is believed to have committed an offense in relation to the fatal crash. However, any and all parties, including the families of the deceased, could be entitled to file personal injury and/or wrongful death suits against either or both drivers, depending upon the gathered evidence. 

Source: thedenverchannel.com, "2 dead in car crash on Highway 287 in Boulder County", April 30, 2018

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