Car accidents are frightening events, even when they are relatively minor. Unfortunately, some people may make these incidents more serious by choosing to leave the scene of the accident. When another person involved does not stay at the scene, there is a chance that injured parties may not receive the help they need in time and could suffer fatal injuries.
It was recently reported that one driver failed to stay at the scene of a fatal crash in Colorado. The incident involved a vehicle driven by a 25-year-old man and a vehicle driven by a 29-year-old woman. Apparently, the woman was attempting to make a left turn at an intersection where she had a green light. The man in the other vehicle was speeding, and his vehicle collided with the turning vehicle. He then left the scene on foot.
The incident resulted in the 29-year-old woman suffering fatal injuries, and a male passenger in his vehicle suffered serious injuries. Additionally, two female passengers in the other vehicle were seriously injured. One of those passengers told police the man’s name, and they were able to apprehend him. He is now facing charges for leaving the scene of an accident involving death and serious injury.
In addition to the criminal charges that this man is currently facing, it is possible for civil legal claims to come against him. The family of the woman who suffered fatal injuries in this Colorado accident may have reason to file a wrongful death claim against him in efforts to seek compensation for their losses. Additionally, the surviving injured parties may also be able to pursue personal injury claims of their own.