The Colorado Springs Police Department reports that there were 28 fatalities in traffic-related incidents by this time of the year in 2016. On a recent Sunday, a UCCS student became the 31st person to die in an accident this year. This was one of those tragic hit-and-run accidents that resulted in an innocent person’s death.

A preliminary crash report prepared by CSPD indicates that the victim was an 18-year-old student. Three people, including the victim, crossed the eastbound lanes of a street and were struck by a car. One of the other two pedestrians suffered only minor injuries, and the third one was uninjured. The coroner reported that the young man’s death was caused by blunt force trauma that resulted from the impact.

The driver who failed to stop after striking the pedestrians was a 27-year-old man who reportedly turned himself in two days later. CSPD says he was arrested and booked into the justice center where he was awaiting a hearing. The charges filed against him include vehicular homicide and causing an accident that led to death and injury. Other charges include failure to report an accident and reckless driving.

CSPD officers say the crash investigation is ongoing. Once the drivers that caused hit-and-run accidents are identified, it is less complicated for the surviving family members of deceased victims to pursue claims for financial relief. They can file a wrongful death lawsuit in a Colorado civil court. Some people choose to seek the support and guidance of an experienced personal injury attorney when pursuing recovery of financial and emotional damages.

Source: koaa.com, “Suspect from fatal hit and run turns himself in Tuesday”, Oct. 31, 2017

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