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Car accidents: 1 dead, 1 seriously hurt in Colorado

A bizarre two-car crash has claimed one life and sent another person to the hospital, according to law enforcement. The Colorado State Patrol believes the crash may have been due to drug and/or alcohol use. Car accidents caused by intoxication are sadly common, but those found guilty are prosecuted to the full extent of the law in Colorado criminal courts. 

According to the CSP, around 3:30 p.m. a sedan was headed southbound on Interstate 25 when the driver appeared to lose control of the car. The vehicle left the road, passing over the cable guard in the center median and launching into the air. The vehicle came down in the opposite lanes and struck a northbound vehicle, which caught fire before leaving the roadway itself. 

The driver of the struck vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the offending vehicle was rushed to a local hospital after being partly ejected from her car. She did not appear to be wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, and her injuries are being described as critical. She was later airlifted to a trauma center in Denver. 

A toxicology test will be used to determine whether she was intoxicated at the time of the accident. Depending on the results, she could face criminal charges pertaining to the fatal crash. Even if no charges are filed, Colorado law allows families of deceased victims in car accidents to file wrongful death lawsuits against any party deemed materially responsible for a crash. These lawsuits are handled separately from any criminal charges, and are not dependent upon criminal convictions to be won in civil court. 

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