On behalf of The Frickey Law Firm, posted on Thursday, December 6, 2012.
The driver of a sport-utility vehicle faces homicide charges following two pedestrian deaths and injuries to three other people near Colorado Springs. Police said an SUV smashed into a trio of pedestrians who were moving a disabled van out of the road.
The weekday afternoon pedestrian accident shocked onlookers, including a witness who saw an adult male beneath the Dodge Durango and a blood-covered boy on the street behind the vehicle. A woman driver with an infant in her arms leaped out of the van and screamed at the drunk driving suspect.
Police reported that the minivan had run out of gas in the center of traffic. Three people, including a boy witnesses said appeared to be 8 to 10 years of age, exited the Ford van and attempted to push it out of the way.
The Dodge Durango came up behind the van and crushed two of the three pedestrians. A local nurse ran to aid the crash victims. The man beneath the SUV was dead.
The nurse turned her attention to the child behind the Durango until emergency medical personnel arrived. The boy was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.
The third pedestrian survived with what police described as moderate injuries. The woman and baby were also hurt. Police reports did not identify or provide ages of the victims. Reports also did not indicate how or whether the crash victims were related.
Double counts of suspicion of vehicular homicide and DUI charges were brought against the 47-year-old male suspect.
Drunk driving is a criminal offense. It is also a form of negligence that may be tried in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits in civil court. Injury victims, family members and estate representatives may be plaintiffs in liability cases that seek monetary and non-economic damages.
A jury in a civil suit may choose to award damages for medical expenses, short and long-term treatment, funeral costs, loss or support or companionship and pain and suffering.
Source: gazette.com, “Arrest made in crash that killed 2 pedestrians,” Maria St. Louis-Sanchez, Nov. 27, 2012