Authorities in Colorado are concerned about the number of fatal pedestrian accidents that have occurred in Aurora so far this year. Reportedly, at least eight pedestrians have lost their lives in traffic-related accidents in Aurora since January 2019. The latest fatality involved a hit-and-run driver who allegedly struck a 51-year-old woman on a recent Saturday morning.
Almost a year ago, a 44-year-old man lost his life in Colorado. This followed an accident in which a hit-and-run driver ran him down in Colorado Springs on Oct. 31, 2018. That driver was recently found guilty of leaving the scene of an accident that involved death, and he will be sentenced on Nov. 20.
Authorities in Denver are concerned about the safety of cyclists, scooter riders and pedestrians amid the ever-increasing traffic volumes on metro streets. Reportedly, so far this year, an average of two people per month lost their lives or suffered serious injuries in hit-and-run accidents in the city. Even more concerning is the fact that less than half of the drivers involved have been arrested.
Pedestrians in Denver and other Colorado cities will always be vulnerable, especially when they walk after dark. While most drivers keep a lookout for pedestrians, there will always be those who are distracted or impaired. Sadly, many lives are lost in hit-and-run accidents each year. When this happens, a victim's surviving family members will likely want answers from the driver who caused their loved one's death.
When an elite Colorado cyclist was on his way home after a training session on July 20, he was struck by a cargo van. As in many hit-and-run accidents, police are now asking witnesses to help them find the driver who fled the scene of the crash. The cyclist was later found by another motorist who made a 911 call that sent emergency workers who arranged for the cyclist to be airlifted to a Denver hospital.
When drivers in Colorado fail to stop after being involved in crashes, there are typically many questions and few answers. Fortunately, law enforcement ultimately catches up with many of the drivers who cause hit-and-run accidents. Although this will not undo the injuries or deaths suffered by victims, it simplifies the process if injured victims or surviving family members pursue claims for monetary damages.
In a recent tragedy in Colorado, a Greeley firefighter who survived the hazards of his occupation and saved the lives of others for 21 years lost his life in a traffic accident. His death was one of many that result from hit-and-run accidents each year. The fatal crash happened while the veteran firefighter was riding his motorcycle to work.
Losing an elderly loved one to natural causes is typically less traumatic than when the negligence of another party causes his or her death. It might be the case for the surviving family members of an 82-year-old man who lost his life when a vehicle in Denver struck him earlier this month. This was one of those hit-and-run accidents in which the at-fault driver was located by law enforcement within hours.
The understandable trauma following the loss of a loved one in an auto-pedestrian accident is exacerbated if the driver of the vehicle fails to remain at the scene of the crash. Hit-and-run accidents could delay any civil lawsuits in pursuit of financial relief until law enforcement catches up with the driver or the driver surrenders. This is what happened after a recent fatal accident in Colorado.
Colorado police are looking for the driver of a car that caused the tragic death of a visitor to Denver from another state. A report by the Denver Police Department indicates that 14 fatalities in hit-and-run accidents were recorded this year, compared to seven last year and four in 2016. Reportedly, law enforcement has caught up with all but five of the 2018 hit-and-run perpetrators.