A motorist involved in a fatal crash on December 7 has now been arrested and charged. The accident occurred at around 6 p.m. in the eastbound lanes of Highway 50, near Purcell Boulevard in the Pueblo area.
Alleged Wrong-way Driver
The Colorado State Patrol says that the 54-year-old man from Pueblo was allegedly driving his Mazda pickup truck westbound in the eastbound lanes, with the headlights off, when the vehicle crashed into a Honda driven by a 23-year-old man from Pueblo West. The CSP stated at the time that the front-left of the Mazda and the front-left of the Honda collided.
The driver of the Honda was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. A passenger in the Honda and the driver of the Mazda were both taken to Parkview Hospital for treatment.
Motorist Arrested and Booked
At the time of the fatal wreck, the CSP stated that alcohol may have been a factor. Now, the motorist that had been behind the wheel of the Mazda faces a number of charges, including vehicular homicide. Police took him into custody on Monday, January 5. The man was then booked into the Pueblo County Jail. A $100,000 bond resulted.
When a person operates a motor vehicle in an illegal manner, criminal charges may result. At the same time, Colorado civil statutes provide a means for victims, or survivors of victims, of allegedly negligent driving to seek redress in the state’s civil courts.
When a person dies as the result of negligent conduct, survivors do have the right to file wrongful death litigation. Such a lawsuit often seeks compensation for burial expenses, loss of companionship and other possible losses.
If you or a family member is in an accident in which negligent conduct possibly contributed to injury or loss of life, it is possible to speak with Colorado Springs wrongful death attorneys without cost or obligation. To learn more, please contact us.