On Nov. 19, a woman was crossing the street at the corner of Northern Avenue and Cedar Street in Pueblo when she was hit by a car.
The driver did not stop, but left the woman lying injured in the street.
Now, after more than a week in a Denver hospital, the woman is just beginning to be able to open her eyes.
She has had six surgeries since her admission to the hospital. She suffered several broken bones, a serious concussion, and internal bleeding. Doctors are not sure if she will ever walk again.
There was no crosswalk at that intersection, but the family publicly asked that the driver come forward and take responsibility for their actions.
They hoped the driver would come forward, not to become the object of blame but to enable them to get some answers to questions about the horrific accident.
“It’s sickening,” the son of the severely injured woman told a Colorado Springs news stations, “to know that someone could care less about a life that they could actually injure someone and not stop.”
“We just want someone to at least come forward and say it was an accident, we accidentally hit her,” the son continued, “We can live with that. But we can’t live with someone that is just driving around– how many people are they gonna injure doing the same thing, being careless drivers?”
Officials with the Pueblo Police Department said that they were looking for a light-colored 1998-2004 Dodge Dakota or Durango and asked that anyone with information regarding the accident call the Pueblo Crime Stoppers hotline 542-STOP (542-7867).
On Wednesday, Nov. 30, a Pueblo man turned himself in to police.
He has been charged with careless driving and failure to remain at the scene of an accident involving serious bodily injury.
Hit and run accidents occur several times a year across Southern Colorado. Among these cases, instances of pedestrian accidents account for some of the most devastating personal injuries. When a vehicle– whether a motorcycle, a passenger car, or a commercial truck– impacts a human body, serious injuries that range from lacerations and broken bones to traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries can result.
Extensive medical treatment, including surgery and physical therapy, can leave a pedestrian victim saddled with overwhelming financial burdens.
In the tragic event that a pedestrian is killed by a driver, the loved ones he or she left behind may be able to file a wrongful death action in civil court to help recoup funeral expenses, garner compensation for pain and suffering, and/or be awarded money for future lost income if the deceased was the primary source of income.
A Colorado personal injury lawyer with experience fighting for the rights of injured pedestrians and their families can help get you the answers to the difficult and painful questions you are forced to ask following a serious accident.
If you are struggling with an injury or the loss of a loved one due to a pedestrian accident, seek legal help immediately. It is important to know what your rights are in your pedestrian accident case so that justice can be done for you and for others in your community who may be at risk for injury by the same careless driver that unexpectedly impacted your life.
Contact the Colorado Springs injury lawyers at Heuser & Heuser today for a free legal consultation regarding your case. Call 1-800-370-5150 or click here for free legal advice.