A hit-and-run driver recently killed a Fort Collins man who was taking a weekend bike ride. The Colorado State Patrol is asking for the public's help in locating the vehicle and driver responsible for this fatal bike accident. Police believe the vehicle is silver in color and sustained damage to its right side and possibly its windshield.
The cyclist was riding on an Interstate 25 frontage road in a northerly direction at the time of the collision. The unidentified vehicle, which was also traveling north, slammed into the back of the victim's bicycle. The driver then failed to stop and render aid to the victim.
The Fort Collins man died from blunt force trauma. He was wearing a helmet, but the fatal injuries were to his torso. The Larimer County Coroner's Office ruled the victim's death was accidental. However, this determination will not deter authorities from filing criminal charges against the driver for felony hit-and-run.
Perhaps authorities will locate the vehicle and its driver soon, which could provide the victim's family with much-needed answers regarding his death. Losing a loved one in such a sudden and violent manner is certainly a shock. When the party responsible shows such little regard for human life, it only serves to increase the agony surrounding the situation.
The family of the victim retains the right to file a wrongful death claim against the party deemed responsible in this tragic bike accident. Between criminal and civil proceedings, it is possible their questions and concerns will be addressed. A successfully litigated claim could allow the family to achieve a sense of justice on behalf of the loved one they lost and provide them with much-needed financial restitution.
Source: coloradoan.com, Police still search for driver in fatal weekend bike crash, Robert Allen, Jan. 28, 2014