As Colorado motorists and pedestrians go about their daily activities, most are likely not fully aware of the many potential risks they face. Whether driving or walking, it is the responsibility of each person to take the necessary steps to be as safe as possible out on the road. If a driver is distracted or impaired, a fatal accident could result.
Pedestrian killed by an impaired driver
The death of a Colorado Springs woman has been attributed to an impaired driver. The deadly accident happened in Parker during the overnight hours at the intersection of Cottonwood Drive and Parker Road. According to reports, the woman and her boyfriend were crossing the intersection in a crosswalk when the woman was struck by a vehicle. Reports said the boyfriend was not injured, but the woman died a short time later at an area hospital.
Reportedly, the driver sped away when officers approached the vehicle. Police said they chased the driver for about a mile before the driver pulled over. Officers noted that the driver had a child in the vehicle at the time of the incident. It was later discovered that the driver was under the influence of several drugs. Reports said the driver was recently convicted of vehicular homicide, DUI, vehicular assault and other serious charges.
Help for surviving family members
Recent studies have shown that about 90% of all traffic accidents can be attributed to driver-related errors. In Colorado, when someone is killed due to the negligence of another party, the immediate family members of the deceased may be entitled to monetary damages. By speaking with an attorney and filing a wrongful death claim, surviving family members could pursue claims in civil court against the individual or individuals considered responsible for the fatal accident.