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Car accidents: 2 teens dead in Colorado crash

Patricia M. Jarzobski

Two young people tragically lost their lives in a single-car crash near Redstone. Colorado State Patrol responded and closed Highway 133 in both directions to facilitate their investigation. As with most car accidents that result in fatalities, this investigation is still underway as of this report.

According to the accident report, a call was received at about noon on July 20 indicating a crash had taken place. It appears the 17-year-old driver lost control of the vehicle, causing it to travel some 100 feet off the roadway before crashing. The driver, as well as a 19-year-old passenger traveling in the front seat, were both pronounced dead at the scene. They did not appear to be wearing seat belts.

A third passenger, a 14-year-old male, was rushed to a local hospital with injuries described as serious. Police have not released the names of the victims, pending notification of the families. No criminal charges will be filed as the driver perished in the accident, but the investigation will continue until a cause for the accident is found.

If negligence, recklessness or other driver error is found to be the cause of this crash, the family of the deceased passenger and the family of the injured boy may have legal recourse available to them under Colorado law. In fatal car accidents, or accidents where persons are seriously injured, it is possible to file wrongful death and/or personal injury lawsuits against the driver or the driver's estate. In this case, anyone with ownership interest in the vehicle may also be named as defendants in civil suits of this type.

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