An elderly woman was killed while crossing the street in fort Collins, according to 9 News. The 80year-old woman had run out of gas, and did not have her cell phone with her. She was crossing College Ave. to a bar which appeared to be the only business open at the time, presumably to use the phone. While crossing the street, she was hit by a car whose driver police believe was drunk at the time. As she lay in the street, she was actually hit by two more cars. One driver stopped to check on her and called 911, the other driver fled. The driver who first hit her faces Class 3 felony charges of drunken vehicular homicide.
22 people were killed in traffic accidents in Larimer County in 2011, according to the National Traffic Highway Safety Administration. That is 22 families forced to deal with the unexpected loss of a loved one just because of a car accident. While it is impossible to know the circumstances of every one of those accidents, it is safe to say that some of them, possibly most of them, were avoidable. Statistically speaking, it is likely that about 1/3 of them involved a drunk driver.
As serious a problem as drunk driving is, it is always important to remember that every person charged with a crime, including drunk driving, is entitled to be represented by a Denver criminal defense attorney. Each year hundreds of thousands of people are accused of driving under the influence across the country. A Greeley DUI lawyer can be sure that your rights are protected if you are in this situation.
At the same time, the families that are torn apart by drunk drivers are often faced with financial hardship on top of their emotional trauma. In addition to medical bills incurred trying to save the victim’s life, in some cases that person was the family’s primary source of income, taken away by someone decision to get behind the wheel after drinking too much. Speak with a dedicated Denver drunk driving accident lawyer today to discuss your options if you have lost a family member in a tragic drunk driving accident.