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Sheriff's deputy in Colorado suffers fatal injuries in crash

A Colorado Sheriff's department is in mourning after losing one of its own in a senseless tragedy on Jan. 26. The department has brought in professionals to assist responding deputies to process the events and deal with their emotions. The motorcycle deputy suffered fatal injuries in a collision.

He was on duty at the time of the crash, riding his motorcycle unit north on Highway 93. An 83-year-old man traveling south in an SUV attempted to pass another vehicle. Unfortunately, he did so across a double yellow line directly into the path of the deputy. The head-on collision caused the deputy to be thrown off his motorcycle.

Even though he was wearing safety gear, the deputy died because of the injuries he suffered in the crash. The Colorado man driving the SUV survived the accident with only minor injuries. Emergency responders transported the man to an area hospital for treatment.

Alcohol and drugs are not suspected as being factors in the crash. No decision regarding charges against the driver has been made as of yet. A statement released by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office reports that determination will be made when the investigation is concluded.

Even though the fallen deputy's family may be eligible for workers' compensation death benefits, they may also file a third-party wrongful death claim against the driver of the SUV that caused the fatal injuries to their loved one. If his family proves negligence on the part of that driver that is deemed to have proximately caused the fatal crash, the court may consider an award of monetary damages. If criminal charges are filed in this tragedy, any conviction secured by prosecutors may be offered as evidence of negligence in a related civil action.

Source: thedenverchannel.com, Jefferson County motorcyle deputy killed in crash on Highway 93 Sunday, Anica Padilla, Jan. 26, 2014

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