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Car accidents: 1 dead, 1 injured in Colorado crash

Patricia M. Jarzobski

A single-car accident in Pueblo resulted in the death of the driver, according to local sources. The Colorado Department of Transportation has confirmed the crash occurred around 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 23. For the moment they have not come to a final determination of what caused the crash, but as with many car accidents, they have not ruled out alcohol and reckless driving as possible factors. 

According to the limited information included in the report released by police, it appears the vehicle was traveling northbound on Interstate 25 when the vehicle crashed. The details of the crash are incomplete, but it was enough to close northbound lanes altogether from 7:30 through to 10:30 that night to facilitate the forensic investigation. The drive was killed in the crash, but was not immediately identified pending notification of next-of-kin. 

The passenger, who also has not been identified, was taken to a local hospital. The extent of that individual's injuries has not been made clear. Police believe neither the driver nor the passenger were wearing seat belts at the time of the accident. Their investigation is ongoing as of this report. 

If Colorado police can determine whether the driver was intoxicated and/or driving negligently or recklessly at the time of the accident, the passenger could have legal recourse available despite the driver dying in the crash. Car accidents causing injury can sometimes be taken to civil court, where a personal injury lawsuit can be filed against the driver deemed responsible, or in this case, against that driver's estate. Any evidence police gather to corroborate the driver's material contribution to the crash can be offered in court to support the civil lawsuit. 

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