Losing a child is the worst thing that any parent can endure. Parents spend so much time preparing children to go out into the world and begin their adult lives and lose many hours of sleep worrying about all of the dangers that they face while not in our care. These fears grow as children enter their teenage years, when more time is spent with peers and away from home. For one family, their worst fears have become reality with the news that their 16-year-old was killed in one of the most recent fatal car accidents in the state.
Police report that the victim had been involved in a fight with other young men outside of a restaurant in Longmont, Colorado. That disturbance moved to a nearby location, and grew to include more young men who arrived at the scene in three separate vehicles. It is believed that the victim was in the process of running from the fight when one of those vehicles struck and killed him.
The driver of the vehicle that ran him over did not stop to render aid or wait for emergency responders to arrive at the scene. Police have made an arrest in the case, but the 18-year-old woman accused of hitting the young man is denying responsibility for the act. Her pastor has come forward and is stating that she was in a nearby church during the altercation and never left the property. He is asking the person who is responsible for this accident to come forward and help clear the young woman's name.
No words can suffice to express the pain that this Colorado family is currently enduring. The sudden loss of a child sends shockwaves throughout an entire community, and this case has led to a growing movement to correctly identify the driver who is responsible for this fatal accident. Once responsibility for the death is determined, the family of the victim could decide to file a wrongful death suit in the matter. Proof of negligence is required in order to win a wrongful death suit in connection with fatal car accidents. In a case in which a driver struck a young man and then fled the scene, proving negligence may be easier than in many cases.
Source: Longmont Times-Call, "Judge reduces bond for Longmont hit-and-run suspect," Pierrette J. Shields, Jan. 8, 2013