Getting behind the wheel of a car after consuming alcohol significantly increases the risk of a serious or deadly accident. The Colorado State Patrol believes alcohol may have played a factor in a recent accident on the south side of Horsetooth Reservoir near Fort Collins. The single-car crash took the life of one person and injured the other three occupants of the vehicle.
At around 12:30 a.m. on Dec. 27, a pickup truck speeding down Larimer Road 38E lost control while attempting a right turn. The vehicle then slid off the opposite side of the road, flipped across an unpaved road and into a utility building's fence. The impact threw all four of the pickup's occupants out of the vehicle.
One person died at the scene. A helicopter transported two others to the hospital. The last occupant suffered injuries that were less serious than the others and was transported by ambulance for followup care. Reports do not indicate which of the four was operating the vehicle at the time of the crash or note the current conditions of the survivors.
It could take some time for the Colorado State Patrol to complete the investigation into this car crash. Meanwhile, the survivors are likely struggling to recover from their injuries and the family of the deceased must make funeral and burial arrangements. At some point, the passengers of the pickup truck could file civil actions based upon evidence that the driver lost control of the vehicle. Successful claims could provide financial restitution to the victims in the form of an award for damages such as pain and suffering, medical costs and funeral expenses, if applicable.
Source: coloradoan.com, Overnight crash near Horsetooth Reservoir kills 1, injures 3, Trevor Hughes, Dec. 27, 2013