Leaving the scene of an accident can have severe consequences for a driver and make life difficult for the victims. Fortunately, Colorado law enforcement typically catches up soon with drivers who were involved in hit-and-run accidents. A driver in Aurora was recently taken into custody within 15 minutes after leaving crash scenes twice, causing the death of a woman in the second incident.
According to the Aurora Police Department, the first incident occurred at approximately 5:30 p.m. on a recent Monday. A driver of a pickup truck that had a camping trailer attached allegedly backed up and struck a parked car. He drove off without stopping, and the driver of the damaged car followed him. This driver had his wife and another female passenger in the vehicle.
After driving some distance, the pickup truck driver reportedly pulled over, and the husband and wife got out of the car and approached the truck. However, police say he proceeded to attempt a U-turn, knocking the woman down. The wheels of the trailer ran over her, and, once again he left the accident scene, dragging the woman along for several blocks before she became dislodged. Reportedly, police caught up with the driver at about 5:45 p.m. and arrested him.
The woman was transported to a medical facility where she succumbed to her injuries. When lives are lost in hit-and-run accidents in Colorado, surviving family members of the deceased victims can pursue financial relief by filing wrongful death lawsuits against the drivers. However, if the drivers remain at large, insurance coverage might provide compensation. An experienced personal injury attorney can provide support and guidance in dealing with insurance companies and the civil court if applicable.