Car accidents in Colorado increase when impairment occurs

A horrific accident in Colorado recently killed two minors and left a third injured. The man that caused the accident admitted to being on painkillers and allergy medicine at the time of the collision. Car accidents happen when people lose focus and control slips away from them; however, driving under the influence greatly increases the chances of causing an accident that could have been avoided.

According to accident reports, the victims were pushing a stalled minivan out of traffic lanes when the accident occurred. All three victims were minors. A 17-year-old was killed during the collision, and a nine-year-old was taken to a local area hospital, where he later died of his injuries. The third victim suffered a broken ankle and hand when the SUV crashed into the rear of the minivan.

Police reports specify that the driver of the SUV admitted to having taken Phenergan, which is an allergy medication. In addition, he had apparently also taken Methadone, a painkiller. This fact likely contributed to the man being charged with driving under the influence of drugs.

El Paso County Colorado authorities have held the driver on a $150,000 bond. He submitted to and failed the sobriety test at the scene of the accident and now faces criminal charges of vehicular homicide, assault and DUI. Car accidents that claim the lives of minors can seem substantially more devastating. Fortunately, in this specific case, one child was spared, although she will almost certainly face a long road to recovery. Medical costs and funeral expenses for the other children could be recovered through a personal injury or wrongful death suit through civil court.

Source: koaa.com, "Crash victims were minors; jailed driver used Methadone," Andy Koen, Nov. 27, 2012

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