Denver sees its share of traffic fatalities within the city limits each year. Those numbers are always troubling, and some would say that the numbers of pedestrians who lose their lives is particularly troublesome. This is especially true as the number of pedestrian accidents continues to rise in Colorado's second largest city.
A crash that occurred on a recent Wednesday night pushed the number of pedestrian deaths to 44, which is a high that the home of Pikes Peak has not seen since 1986. In fact, in that year, 43 deaths occurred, so this latest accident breaks that record. In fact, the number of pedestrian deaths has risen dramatically in just the past two years.
In this latest crash, the driver involved fled the scene. Reports came in to police at around 11:14 p.m. regarding a pedestrian accident. The Colorado Springs Police Department closed the intersection for more than six hours overnight while they investigated the scene.
As a result, police are looking for a Chevy Impala that is dark in color. At last report, the vehicle and its driver had not yet been found. While officers continue to search for the individual responsible for this crash, the family of the pedestrian may be coming to terms with their loss.
The sudden loss of a loved one can devastate a family in many ways. One of those ways is financially. More than just the expenses for medical costs, along with funeral and burial costs, associated with the death of a loved one, the family may rely on the deceased victim's income to live. It may be possible to pursue restitution by filing a wrongful death claim, which could result in an award of damages typically seen in pedestrian accidents.