On behalf of The Frickey Law Firm, posted on Monday, October 8, 2012.
Police in Canon City recently arrested a 35-year-old woman for the death of a Colorado bicyclist. The 49-year-old male victim suffered catastrophic injuries when the driver of a pickup truck allegedly hit him while making a turn.
Authorities said witness descriptions of the crash and the fleeing truck helped guide investigators to an arrest within two days of the motor vehicle accident. Suspicions of hit-and-run causing death and vehicular homicide were lodged against the Canon City woman, who was jailed on a $15,000 bond.
Accident observers initially reported that a man had fallen from the bed of a pickup onto the roadway. Officials later learned that the accident victim had been riding a bicycle without a helmet when he was struck.
Rescue crews transported the severely injured man to a local hospital. The victim was later airlifted to a Colorado Springs medical facility, where he was identified and pronounced brain dead the day following the crash. Doctors said the bicyclist’s body remained on life support until surgery for organ donation could be completed.
It took authorities a day to find out who the victim was because the bicyclist was unconscious and had no identification with him at the time of the collision. Few details about the Canon City victim were available. Reports did not mention any family members the bicyclist may have had.
A criminal court will try the woman suspected of fleeing the accident that caused the bicyclist’s death. Relatives, friends and colleagues of the victim may find closure within the criminal justice system. Financial reparations are also possible through a civil court. A wrongful death lawsuit could help any relatives of the 49-year-old man overcome financial tragedy, if necessary. If you or someone you know has been the victim of a similar hit-and-run, it might help to contact a Colorado attorney to discuss possible options for a personal injury case.
Source: chieftain.com, “Hit-and-run victim accident declared brain-dead,” Tracy Harmon, Sept. 27, 2012