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Car accidents: Pedestrian accident victim ID'd in Colorado

Patricia M. Jarzobski

A 48-year-old man who was killed in what police believe to be a hit-and-run crash on the night of May 19 has been identified, according to police. Colorado Springs authorities identified the man, who was killed by a vehicle whose driver is apparently still at large. As with most hit-and-run car accidents, police have reached out to the community in the hopes of catching the driver responsible for the tragic death. 

From the accident report, it appears sometime just before 10 p.m. the night of May 19, the 48-year-old man was walking in a neighborhood on the northeast side of the city. A vehicle police believe to be a pickup truck reportedly struck the man, who was found lying in the middle of the road. The driver who struck him did not wait for police to arrive or attempt to render aid. 

The man was rushed to a local hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. Police are circulating descriptions of the vehicle involved, which is believed to have suffered front-end damage in the crash. They have urged locals to reach out to police directly, or to leave anonymous tips through Crime Stoppers. 

Fatal car accidents predicated on hit-and-run collisions can result in considerable criminal charges for the driver found responsible. Separately, Colorado law will allow the family of the victim to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver who fled the scene. This suit, while not criminal in nature, can make use of existing evidence pertaining to the case when it is presented to a civil court. 

Source: Colorado Springs Gazette, "Police identify pedestrian killed in Colorado Springs hit-and-run crash", Chhun Sun, May 23, 2018

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