The holidays are a time of celebration in Colorado. Office Christmas parties, family get-togethers and community social events flood the calendar. Often these events involve alcohol either in the form of wine, beer or even the ever-festive eggnog. The problem arises when the social alcohol consumption leads to partygoers driving home under the influence. It may not be the first thing to come to mind when thinking about the holiday season, but the number of impairment-related car accidents is very high around the holidays.
Every time someone gets in a car there is always the possibility of the trip ending with an accident. Car accidents are extremely common, but cars are a necessity, so it is a risk most everyone has come to terms with. What no one is prepared for is being involved in a car accident while not even being in a car. That is exactly what happened to one woman who was at home this week when a car driven by a naked man crashed into her Denver apartment.
Losing a family member in an accident is a heartbreaking experience. Losing two family members at the same time is understandably even more devastating. A Colorado family experienced just that type of tragedy resulting from an accident during which an elderly husband and wife were both killed by a drunk driver. The driver in that accident has been sentenced to prison, and the victims' family clearly has grounds to pursue a wrongful death claim against the man.
When most people wake on Thanksgiving morning and thoughts begin to swirl in their minds about their plans for the day, those plans usually include things like eating too much turkey, watching the parade, rooting for their favorite football team and maybe even heading out into the craziness of the Black Friday madness. One Colorado man had a much different plan for Thanksgiving that, according to the police, included starting off the morning by burglarizing a pawn shop. Unfortunately, that early morning decision initiated a string of events that resulted in a car accident that took the lives of two people.