There is a saying that has been around for almost as long as the automobile — “speed kills.” This is in reference to a situation where speed can cause a driver to lose control. An out of control vehicle in Colorado can become a very dangerous weapon and cause serious accidents. Often motorcycles are involved and the outcome of such motorcycle accidents is often fatal. Add alcohol to the mix and it is a recipe for disaster.
A motorcycle and a speeding pickup were in the same place at the same time and the outcome was tragic. The motorcycle was headed south when it was struck from behind by a reportedly speeding pickup truck. The truck did not stop immediately following the collision, and the man who had been on the motorcycle was reportedly dragged for at least 600 feet. He was then apparently thrown into the roadway and struck by a passing minivan and was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of the pickup truck was detained and charged with vehicular homicide. Officers at the scene also suspected him of being under the influence of alcohol. It was not a first-time arrest and the accused was remanded to jail in lieu of a $10,000 bond.
Drinking and driving don’t mix in Colorado. Losing loved ones to motorcycle accidents involving drunk drivers is a horrific and senseless tragedy. Motorcycles can be hard to spot but that is why drivers are often reminded to always be on the lookout for them. No one can turn back the clock and undo the tragedy, but a conversation with a personal injury professional can provide information on whether or not a civil suit against the party deemed responsible is a viable option.