On Friday, November 28, law enforcement reported that an alleged hit-and-run motorist was involved in a pedestrian accident near Fort Carson. The Colorado State Patrol reported that the accident occurred at approximately 4:00 a.m. on Highway 115 at mile marker 41.
A pedestrian was in the right lane of northbound route 115 when he was hit by an unidentified vehicle that was proceeding northbound in the same lane. The vehicle left the scene of the accident.
The pedestrian was later identified as a 39-year-old male form Colorado Springs. He did not survive. Troopers did indicate that the victim may have been intoxicated at the time he was hit, although the investigation into the circumstances of the fatal event are still ongoing. The CSP subsequently made a request that anyone with information about the accident contact the agency.
Driver Turns Herself In
Early the following week, a 60-year-old female turned herself in to the Colorado State Patrol. She reportedly told authorities that she was operating a 2008 Kia Sportage on Highway 115 when she struck the pedestrian. Troopers indicate that their preliminary investigation yielded no evidence of driving at excessive speeds, and no evidence that the female motorist was driving while impaired by drugs or alcohol.
Challenges Posed By Hit-and-run Motorists
Although this accidents features an ongoing investigation, victims of hit-and-run drivers sometimes face challenges when seeking compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering. The identity of such a driver must be known before he or she can be named as a defendant in a personal injury lawsuit. Once the hit-and-run motorist is identified, a victim or survivors of a victim can seek compensatory damages from the driver and/or the driver’s insurance company.
If you or someone that you know has been in an accident in which there was injury or loss of life, it is possible to discuss the details with an attorney with a focus on relevant areas of state law. To arrange for a complimentary consultation with Colorado Springs personal injury lawyers, please contact us.