On behalf of The Frickey Law Firm, posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013.
Evidence from a pedestrian accident scene recently helped Colorado Springs police locate a hit-and-run suspect. The 42-year-old man surrendered only after proof of his involvement in the fatal car accident seemed indisputable.
The victim was struck while crossing a street at night. The 31-year-old woman’s body was thrown about 150 feet before coming to rest beneath a parked truck. The negligent driver behind the wheel of the vehicle that hit her never stopped.
Biological evidence helped experts reconstruct the crash. Accident investigators learned the victim was hit by the right front portion of the missing car. A serial number on a car part left at the scene identified the vehicle as a Chevrolet Sonic.
Police knew what they were looking for, but it took a phone call from the accused man’s attorney to help authorities find the vehicle. The attorney directed investigators to the defendant’s home. The car was seized after police saw vehicle damage matched the pedestrian accident.
The car owner’s neighbors and other witnesses told authorities about the suspect’s activities on the night of the accident. The man was a member of a sports team that had been at a public park. He was seen leaving the park in the Sonic just before the crash occurred.
The suspect surrendered to police nearly a month after the woman died. He was booked on suspicion of leaving the scene of a fatality. The man met a $10,000 bail requirement and was freed.
The victims’ family members could seek compensation for wrongful death based on the suspected driver’s negligence. Rendering aid at the scene may not have made any difference to the outcome, but the driver was obligated to stop and at least try to assist.
The suspect also may have had a personal reason to flee. Criminal and civil penalties are harsh for negligent behavior like intoxication, speeding and distracted driving.
gazette.com, “Platte hit-and-run suspect turns self in” Andrea Sinclair, Jul. 11, 2013