A Colorado State Patrol news release detailed a one-car Labor Day drunken driving accident. A 17-year-old motorist was proceeding east on Baptist Assembly Road at approximately 1 a.m. when he allegedly failed to obey a stop sign. The Mini Cooper convertible that he was driving reportedly went airborne before it hit a tree.
The driver was not wearing a seat belt, and he was ejected from the vehicle. The three teenage passengers were all wearing seat belts. One of the passengers was transported by medical helicopter to Penrose-St. Francis Health Services hospital in Colorado Springs where he was reported to be receiving treatment for serious injuries. The other two passengers did not survive the crash.
DUI Arrest and Subsequent Detention
A spokesman for the CSP stated that the driver was transported to a hospital for treatment of injuries prior to being arrested on suspicion of DUI. He was conveyed to a juvenile detention facility by CSP officers, and he is being held there on suspicion of vehicular homicide.
A letter released to the community by the Lewis-Palmer School District spoke of the impact the tragedy on many families. The letter further stated that, “This is a tragic reminder of what can be the outcome of young people drinking and driving.”
When the allegedly negligent operation of a motor vehicle results in injury or loss of life, victims can seek redress in a civil court with the appropriate jurisdiction. Although the details of this specific accident are not yet fully known, driving a car while intoxicated is typically considered negligent conduct. State law provides for compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, rehabilitation costs, long-term prescription expenses and other costs when a person is injured due to negligence. When there is loss of life, survivors can also file suit seeking compensation for loss of companionship as well.