A 25-year-old Jefferson County man has been charged with vehicular homicide, leaving the scene of an accident and driving under the influence.
The charges stem from an incident on August 31st in which the man struck and killed a 15-year-old boy with his vehicle. The teenager was walking across the road on Church Ranch Boulevard, and the man was headed south in his vehicle on Wadsworth Boulevard. Upon striking the boy, he did not stop, attempt to render any aid nor notify the police. The young man did not survive. Law enforcement caught up with the driver a few blocks away from the collision site and took him into custody. His preliminary hearing has been scheduled for October 9th and he is currently out on bail of $10,000. Penalties for leaving the scene of an accident in which a fatality occurred in the state of Colorado can include up to 12 years prison time.
Family members of the victim in a tragic event such as this one may also file a wrongful death suit against the driver. There is a two-year statute of limitations on these cases in the state of Colorado. This means that the family must file the case within two years from the date of the incident.
While no amount of money could ever ease the emotional trauma of such a tragic loss, a family who is left to pick up the pieces should be compensated. They should never be forced to worry about funeral expenses and other finances while attempting to heal and move forward. An attorney can take on the burden of legal aspects and allow a family the opportunity to move through the grieving process without worrying about burdensome deadlines.