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Bicycle accidents: Promising life cut short in Colorado

It is important to remember those who have passed away in a local community, especially the young ones who were not able to live out their lives to their full potential. One community in Colorado is doing just that by creating a memorial sign to remember a graduate student who was killed as he was walking across a street with his bicycle, close to the university he used to attend. This is just one of many bicycle accidents caused by collisions with motor vehicles. Unfortunately, this one resulted in the death of a young man with a promising future.

The 24-year-old student's body was propelled approximately 100 feet after a vehicle sped through a red light and crashed into him in late May 2012. Authorities found the man's bicycle nearly a mile from the collision. The local police believed the motorist was driving a red SUV that dragged the bicycle nearly a mile after fleeing the scene of the crash.

Although the driver of the SUV attempted to escape responsibility for the tragic crash, Colorado authorities were eventually able to locate the driver and place him under arrest. It turns out the driver has a long criminal past, including arrests for a variety of drug charges and violent offenses. The driver was recently found guilty of vehicular homicide and was also convicted of attempting to leave the scene of the accident.

Unfortunately for the local community and the decedent's family, nothing can be done to bring back the lost life. However, as with other fatal bicycle accidents, it is possible for the family of the decedent to file a wrongful death lawsuit. The evidence presented in the criminal trial can also be used in support of a claim for liability in any potential civil cases stemming from the fatal crash in Colorado.

Source: thedenverchannel.com, "DU grad student killed in hit-and-run remembered with memorial sign," March 29, 2013

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