Repeat drunk driver causes crash, kills unborn child in Colorado

Roadways can be dangerous for drivers, especially when outside, preventable factors play a role. Such is the case in car accidents when a driver is under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

This may have been the case in a recent collision involving a Colorado man who has multiple drunk driving offenses on his record. This time, he was arrested as a result of a car accident which claimed the life of an unborn child. The 29-year-old expecting mother, who was in the third trimester of her pregnancy, was also critically injured.

The 52-year-old suspected drunk driver remains in jail at a Colorado detention center. The man's blood alcohol content was at .292, which is nearly four times the legal limit, when the police took him into custody. The suspect has six known drunk driving arrests on his record. He was charged with three felonies which include vehicular assault, as well as fleeing the scene of an accident.

He was also charged with drunk driving, which carries an even stiffer penalty, since he is a repeat offender with three or more prior charges of drunk driving. Other charges include: disregarding a traffic control device, driving with a restricted license and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. The suspected drunk driver was reportedly driving his parents' car at the time of the incident.

Although nothing can reverse the result of such tragic car accidents in Colorado, the victim could potentially file a civil lawsuit against the alleged drunk driver. The victim may be able to gain reimbursement for medical costs and lost wages related to injuries sustained in the crash. In light of the fact that this accident claimed the life of her unborn child, her pain and suffering as a result will be significantly increased. No statements have been released regarding civil suits at this time; however, this may be a suitable course of action for this woman and her family in order to seek an additional measure of justice under the law.

Source: NBC 9 News, "Alleged DUI crash kills unborn child, injures mom," Jeremy Jojola, July 7, 2012

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