A Colorado man could get up to two years in jail when he is sentenced on his criminal conviction for careless driving on Feb. 26. He entered a plea of guilty in early February. The criminal action stemmed from a rear end collision in Broomfield last October. The tragedy resulted in yet another of the fatal car accidents that have plagued Colorado and the rest of the country.
At the time of the accident, the man was driving an SUV with a trailer attached to it. Though the specific details of the collision were not reported, the man rear ended the vehicle in which a mother and daughter were riding. The mother sustained serious injuries. The daughter, a 1-year-old child, later died from the critical head injuries she suffered.
The collision occurred along U.S. 287. The specific injuries suffered by the mother were not further described, and it is not clear how long after the crash the baby survived. The victims had been visiting Colorado from southern California.
Words cannot describe the pain a parent must feel at losing a child. When the child is still an infant and victimized by one of the fatal car accidents we tragically read about in the news media, the heartache is immeasurable. The mother's injuries surely have resulted in substantial expenses, and the family is likely struggling to cope with the enormity of the tragedy that befell them. As they attempt to move forward, they have the option of seeking further legal redress in a Colorado civil court. A wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of their baby daughter as well as a personal injury claim for the mother may help stem any financial devastation and offer some solace that they sought to hold the person deemed responsible fully accountable for his admittedly careless driving.
Source: kwgn.com, "Driver pleads guilty in fatal crash," Matt Farley, Feb. 9, 2013