A toxicology report released by the El Paso County Coroner’s Office on October 3rd confirmed that a motorist involved in a fatal August 8th crash had methamphetamine in her system. The 50-year-old had 2090 ng/ml of methamphetamine and 180 ng/ml of amphetamine in her blood at the time of the crash, according to the report. The Deputy Chief Medical Examiner told The Gazette that this level of methamphetamine in the blood was consistent with a recent ingestion of the drug, and that she would have been impaired at the time of the accident.
The woman was with her son in a Ford Mustang when it collided with a Dodge pickup truck in the intersection of Bradley Road and Marksheffel Road. The truck was sent into a signal pole due to the force of the collision. Both occupants of the Mustang died in the wreck. After the accident, a white powdery substance was found in a plastic bag in the clothing of the woman driving the car, and it was kept as evidence.
Traffic Light Operation Questioned
After the accident, concerns over whether the traffic lights at the intersection were operating properly led to an investigation by city officials. In August, the Colorado Springs senior traffic engineer confirmed that the lights were not functioning normally, possibly at the time of the crash. The engineer further indicated that the timing and the operation of the traffic light could result in a vehicle on Bradley Road going through a red light.
A question of possible traffic light malfunction illustrates the variables that can enter into an accident investigation. Evidence of impaired driving can help to establish negligence in civil litigation that may stem from certain traffic accidents. Injured parties can seek compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering and other losses. Survivors of a person that dies due to alleged impaired driving can seek compensation for loss of companionship and other expenses and losses.