On Saturday afternoon, September 12, a woman was killed after being struck by a pickup truck. The accident occurred in Colorado Springs near North Circle Drive and East Uintah Street just before 4 p.m. Police took the pickup driver, a 64-year-old man, into custody for suspicion of vehicular homicide.
The pickup truck reportedly struck an Oldsmobile containing a female driver and a female passenger. The passenger died at the scene of the accident, and the driver was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
According to a member of the local police force, the pickup truck driver left the scene of the accident and abandoned his vehicle in a school parking lot. News reports indicate that the pickup truck suffered severe damage in the accident. The police say that they found the driver nearby "wandering around and acting disoriented."
In addition to the charge of vehicular homicide, the 64-year-old is facing several charges including driving under the influence of alcohol. Witness reports indicate that the defendant also ran a stoplight. The police spokesperson said that the man is also looking at additional, traffic-related charges.
Victims of car accidents have the right to seek assistance through the law for any injuries they might have incurred. Often, this means filing a personal injury lawsuit with the goal of acquiring financial compensation for medical expenses and lost wages. When car accidents result in death, surviving family members can seek a wrongful death award through similar litigation.
If you have been injured in a car accident, do not be afraid to seek the compensation you are due.
Source: The Gazette, "Woman dead in central Colorado Springs hit-and-run crash," Matt Steiner, Sep. 12, 2015