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Teen driver charged for role in fatal truck accident in Colorado

Unexpected things happen every day on roadways throughout the United States, and motorists have to respond with the appropriate degree of caution. But sometimes drivers fail to yield or slow down when they should, and that negligence can have catastrophic consequences. That appears to be the case in a recent truck accident in Colorado in which a Volvo truck pulling a load of horses fatally struck two pedestrians tending to a flat tire on the side of the freeway.

The 2003 Volvo truck was driving westbound on Interstate 70 in the city of Limon. The two pedestrians were outside of their vehicle, working on the tire, when the truck veered onto the westbound shoulder and crashed into them. One 18-year-old occupant inside of the car was not injured, but the two people working on the flat tire suffered fatal injuries.

The truck was being driven by a 16-year-old boy with a 37-year-old male passenger. However, before authorities arrived, the teen driver was transported from the scene by another party. The older passenger apparently lied to police, saying that he had been the one driving the Volvo. However, upon further investigation, authorities concluded that the teenager was driving at the time of the accident.

Truck accidents can certainly be deadly, and sometimes they also bring criminal charges. The teenage driver in this case is now facing a felony charge of failing to remain at the scene after an accident involving a death, along with two misdemeanor counts of careless driving causing death. The older passenger is charged with a single misdemeanor count of false reporting.

Now the families of the deceased have to deal with the untimely passing of their loved ones. While the driver of the truck is currently facing criminal charges for his role in this accident, the family members of the deceased may have grounds to pursue their own wrongful death claims in civil court.

Source: News Channel 5, "Authorities Investigate Fatal Crash Caused by Teen Near Limon," Cori Coffin, July 14, 2012

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