Alcohol and a potentially dangerous intersection are believed to have been factors in the death of a Colorado woman recently. The 54-year-old woman who died was a passenger in a car driven by a 48-year-old woman. The driver apparently attempted to make a left-hand turn, but was hit on the passenger's side by an oncoming car. Reports indicate that this Colorado Springs intersection has a reputation for car accidents and that local legislators have been working to improve the conditions there.
The drivers of both cars sustained minor injuries in the crash. The passenger succumbed to the injuries she sustained following the crash. The accident is being investigated by Colorado State Police. Authorities say that speed is not considered to have been a factor, though authorities indicated that alcohol or drugs may have been.
The 48-year-old driver who turned appears to be the individual that police are concerned about being under the influence. It has been reported that if she is found to have been impaired, she could face serious vehicular homicide charges, as well as a charge of driving under the influence.
With one person dead and another injured due to the crash, there could be additional consequences for the driver. Beyond the criminal charges, if the investigation determines that the driver was under the influence, she may also face civil actions based on allegations of negligence. Both the woman injured and the family of the woman who was killed may choose to pursue civil actions against the driver If fault is assigned to her. Both physical and emotional injuries may be the basis of civil claims for car accidents, and a successful result may also help victims move past any financial sufferings.
Source: Our Colorado News, "Woman dies in crash on Northgate," Lisa Collacott and Norma Engelberg, Sept. 8, 2012