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  • Investigators: Driver Didn’t Brake in Fatal Crash Near Denver

    On behalf of The Frickey Law Firm, posted on Thursday, November 15, 2012.

    Friends and family near Denver are mourning the loss of a 59-year-old mother and grandmother. The woman died from catastrophic injuries less than a week after an auto accident in Parker.

    One of the victim’s friends was at the crash scene before paramedics arrived. The woman called out to the unresponsive victim and followed crews to the hospital. Friends, family and doctors’ efforts did not revive the brain-damaged victim.

    Colorado State Patrol blames the 27-year-old driver of a Ford pickup truck for the midday crash. Reports stated that the large pickup truck slammed into the rear of the victim’s stopped Cadillac. The truck driver apparently never tried to stop. Skid marks – indicators that an attempt to avoid a collision was made – were nowhere to be found at the crash site. The Ford F-350 may have been traveling at more than 55 mph when it struck the stationary car.

    Emergency crews transported the resuscitated victim to Littleton Adventist Hospital, where she died five days later without ever regaining consciousness. The Elizabeth truck driver and a teenage passenger were slightly hurt. Authorities are expected to charge the Ford operator with separate counts of careless driving resulting in injury and death.

    Investigators are charged with finding out why the truck driver never saw the vehicle in front of him. Toxicology tests will rule out or point to the use of alcohol or drugs. Authorities will also likely check to see if the adult driver broke state laws that forbid texting while driving.

    Life-altering changes occur after an injury accident. Family members may feel helpless and overwhelmed by shock and grief. The economic and emotional fallout includes medical bills, a funeral, a family’s loss of income and the absence of a loved one’s companionship.

    Wrongful death lawsuits help families recover losses caused by negligence. Money does not fill the emptiness, but a jury award or settlement may help a family move forward following unnecessary death.

    Source: ourcoloradonews.com, “Parker woman killed in crash,” Chris Michlewicz, Nov. 6, 2012