An elderly woman died after colliding with another vehicle on May 13 in Loveland. The 86-year-old woman from Fort Collins was driving her Oldsmobile sedan when she rear-ended a Ford SUV that was stopped at a red light on Eisenhower Boulevard and Cascade. The crash was one of the more serious car accidents in recent Loveland history. The driver of the Ford SUV was a 44-year-old man from Loveland.
When the Loveland Fire and Rescue crews arrived on the scene they found that the crash was so severe the woman had to be extricated. This means that the resulting entanglement of jagged metal parts from the accident left the woman entrapped in the vehicle. The woman was immediately transported to Medical Center of the Rockies. She later died from her injuries sustained in the crash.
The seriousness of the accident prompted the Loveland Police Department Technical Accident Investigation Team to complete the investigation. The investigation team found no evidence of alcohol or drugs being involved in the cause of the accident. Also, there were no passengers in either one of the vehicles involved in the incident.
Serious car accidents, such as this one, can be devastating for a family who has lost a loved one as a result. There may also be a variety of legal ramifications stemming from serious vehicle collisions. This is especially true when the incident results in death. Although it appears that the decedent in this case may have been the negligent party, if roles were reversed, the decedent's family could pursue compensation. Along with criminal charges, personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits may also be filed in such cases.
Source: Coloradoan, "Fort Collins woman dead after Loveland accident," May 14, 2012