A serious crash in Tabernash has left one woman dead and several other people seriously injured, according to local authorities. Fatal motor vehicle accidents of this type are typically investigated by Colorado State Police as well as local law enforcement, which appears to be the case here. So far, police have not filed charges against anyone involved in the crash.
The accident report does not contain very many details about the crash itself, which occurred on Sept. 3. It has been confirmed that two vehicles were involved, and that in addition to the two drivers, there were two passengers in one vehicle and at least three in the second. One of the drivers, a 36-year-old woman, was reported dead at the scene by arriving medical personnel.
Her two children, ages 12 and 6, were both badly injured and were airlifted to Denver following the arrival of medical aid. The driver of the other vehicle sustained a broken leg and a possible head injury and was also airlifted to Denver. His wife and children escaped the accident with few injuries, if any.
Colorado police have not determined which driver was at fault for the crash, but as is the case in all fatal motor vehicle accidents, an investigation will be ongoing until the cause of the crash can be confirmed. Should it be determined that one or both drivers contributed materially to the crash, the family of the deceased woman and/or the injured parties or their representatives will be entitled under state law to file wrongful death and/or personal injury suits against the driver or drivers deemed responsible. Criminal charges are not necessary for these suits to be filed, but material evidence must be presented to the civil court.
Source: skyhidailynews.com, "Colorado Springs woman dies in Tabernash crash", Sept. 4, 2016