On behalf of The Frickey Law Firm, posted on Tuesday, October 16, 2012.
A Colorado woman on her way to an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting was arrested after crashing her car in a church parking lot. Police said the elderly Boulder suspect was intoxicated when she smashed a car into a truck, a college student eating lunch and a church. The Boulder police chief stated the seriously-injured 18-year-old victim was “lucky” the pedestrian accident was not a drunk driving homicide.
Police released the 73-year-old suspect on bond after charging her with DUI, DUI Per Se and felony vehicular assault. The state’s Per Se law assumes a driver with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 or above is guilty of driving under the influence.
Investigators said the teen was sitting at a table across the street from the university campus. The table was positioned near a food truck parked in the St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church lot. A Toyota 4Runner driven by the suspect reportedly pulled into the lot and struck the food truck before hitting the student nearby and the building’s entryway.
Authorities said the woman driving the Toyota might have been seeking help for a serious drinking problem. Those good intentions apparently did not outweigh the suspect’s BAC reading. Police said the elderly woman broke the law by driving while intoxicated even if she was only steps away from an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting.
It is uncertain what punishment a criminal court will levy against the elderly driver, if she is convicted of the drunk-driving accident. The defendant could face tens of thousands of dollars in fines. Parole and prison time are also possible.
The student’s recovery could be lengthy, delaying the ability to study or earn income for months and possibly even years. With or without a criminal conviction, the case could land in civil court where the accident victim could request payment for damages that resulted from the crash, including expenses for hospital bills and rehabilitation.
Source: kdvr.com, “Police: 73-year-old woman hits teenager at church, accused of DUI,” David Mitchell, Oct. 3, 2012