Any driver here in Colorado or elsewhere can make a deadly mistake on the road, but younger drivers tend to make them more often. If they are lucky, no one gets seriously hurt when that happens, but there are no guarantees. Unfortunately, the mistake made recently by an 18-year-old driver resulted in a fatal auto accident.

The woman and her 19-year-old passenger were headed north in an SUV when she failed to obey the red traffic signal and began a left-hand turn. A southbound vehicle that had the right of way could not avoid colliding with the passenger side of the vehicle. The woman driving the SUV suffered only minor injuries.

Reportedly, the wreckage was so bad that emergency personnel had to extricate the Colorado woman in the passenger seat before they could give her medical attention and transport her to a hospital. Sadly, wearing her seat belt could not save her as she succumbed to her injuries. The 68-year-old driver of the southbound pickup truck suffered moderate injuries. Police in Fort Collins have not yet completed their investigation, so it is not yet known what charges, if any, the 18-year-old driver could face.

This fatal auto accident did not only affect the deceased victim. It also affects her family and friends. Losing a loved one in a sudden and violent way leaves an indelible mark on a family. Even if the criminal justice system gives them some justice and closure, it may not be enough. They could also file a wrongful death seeking restitution for the damages sustained in the aftermath of the death of their loved one.