On behalf of The Frickey Law Firm, posted on Tuesday, November 20, 2012.
The death of an out-of-state woman visiting Colorado to celebrate her son’s wedding is under investigation by Colorado State Patrol. The 56-year-old driver was the victim of an auto accident near Cañon City, just north of U.S. 50.
The victim’s Kia Sedona was struck on the driver’s side as the car moved across a Colo. 67 intersection. Authorities suspect the Penrose man behind the wheel of the pickup truck that hit the woman’s car was a drunk driver. Fremont County accident reports say the woman driver died of catastrophic injuries not long after emergency personnel airlifted her to a Colorado Springs medical facility. An autopsy was set for the following day.
Two teenagers, ages 16 and 19, were passengers in the Kia. Both sustained minor injuries. The relationship between the injured passengers and the woman who died was not revealed. The teens shared the last name of the victim. The Dodge Ram driver was hospitalized briefly for treatment of injuries he suffered in the crash. Sheriff’s deputies then jailed the 54-year-old truck driver for suspicion of driving while under the influence of alcohol.
Colorado State Patrol continues to examine the circumstances of the two-vehicle accident. The Kia reportedly moved into the intersection after the driver had stopped at a stop sign. Initial reports seem to indicate that the woman driver did not violate any traffic rules. A person who chooses to drink and drive makes a decision to be careless. The dangers of drinking and driving are understood but often ignored.
Most drivers realize that alcohol impairment reduces the ability to respond to sudden traffic situations. Unfortunately, many drunk drivers believe they are fully capable of operating a vehicle until an accident, injury or death occurs. The laws are clear. The criminal punishments for breaking them are severe. DUI accident victims and surviving family members may also seek to proceed through civil courts, where compensation awards help to mitigate economic and emotional losses.
Source: canoncitydailyrecord.com, “California woman, Rachel Witmer, dies in 2-vehicle accident,” Carie Canterbury, Nov. 7, 2012