On behalf of The Frickey Law Firm, posted on Friday, November 9, 2012.
A series of similar deaths along roads in Colorado Springs has made headlines. Four people lost their lives and a toddler was seriously injured in three separate pedestrian accidents. El Paso County officials said the latest fatality was a hit-and-run accident that killed a 23-year-old man.
The most recent victim’s body was discovered in the middle of a road during the overnight hours of a late October weekend. The county coroner determined the young adult male suffered severe injuries that appeared to be caused by the impact of a car. An autopsy was scheduled to clarify the coroner’s initial findings. Investigators have not revealed whether there is a lead to help them find the driver who struck and killed the pedestrian.
Days earlier, a teenager died when he was struck by a car in Colorado Springs around 11 p.m. Investigators said the driver of a Saturn Ion was not speeding or impaired. The traffic signal along the road where the 19-year-old victim was hit was reportedly green when the fatal crash occurred.
Two women died last month after escorting three boys – the sons of one of the women killed – to a nearby elementary school. A 14-month-old toddler in a stroller accompanied the women. The child survived when the stroller rolled away from the crash, but she sustained a fractured skull. Police charged the driver with careless driving causing death. The intersection where the women died had no traffic signal or designated crosswalk. City police said no painted markings are necessary because legal crosswalks are automatically assumed at intersections. In at least one of these tragic instances, the driver is unlikely to face criminal charges. In one case, a careless driver may never be located.
The Colorado families of the accident victims can pursue legal action in civil court, where a jury can determine whether negligence caused the pedestrian deaths. Wrongful death lawsuits can often result in financial recovery for family members burdened by pain, suffering and accident-related expenses.
Source: gazette.com, “UPDATE: Coroner IDs man hit, killed by vehicle Sunday,” Oct. 29, 2012