The Colorado State Police are investigating a hit-and-run in the Denver suburb of Lakewood that took the life of a 15-year-old boy. The accident occurred on the night of July 20. Fatal hit-and-run car accidents are some of the most difficult to investigate since there is almost always a family pushing police to find answers about the death of their loved one.
In this case, the teen had been out jogging when he was run over by a car Colorado State Police believe may have run a red light. To make matters worse, witnesses believe that the car that hit the young man had been racing another vehicle at the time of the incident. Troopers have not indicated whether they have found either vehicle as of yet.
The teen was rushed to an area hospital, but despite the best efforts of medical personnel, he passed away early on the morning of July 21. According to the boy's father, he had been attending the Marine Military Academy and had aspirations of becoming a Navy SEAL someday. Now, the boy's father will never be able to see his son's dreams become reality.
Charges are almost always filed in fatal hit-and-run car accidents such as this one. In addition to criminal charges, the driver of the car that ran this teen down may also end up facing a civil action if his family exercises their rights under our state laws to file a wrongful death claim. In many cases, these civil suits are about much more than money -- they are about peace and justice for a family that had a loved one ripped away from them by another person.
Source: valleycentral.com, "MMA cadet killed in Colorado hit-and-run accident," July 22, 2013