17-year-old teen killed in Colorado car crash

It may be safe to say that the dangers of driving under the influence are well known to most Colorado residents, even if they don't drive themselves. The potential for causing a fatal car crash increases exponentially when an inebriated driver is also speeding. Recently, a young man lost his life after an alleged DUI fueled accident.

According to authorities, a 17-year-old boy was driving his Chevy Camaro and trying to cross a Denver street when an SUV came from the east. The two vehicles slammed into one another. Unfortunately, the impact caused the teen fatal injuries. By the time emergency personnel got to him, he had succumbed to those injuries, dying at the scene of the accident.

The SUV driver reportedly suffered minor injuries. He was later transported to a nearby hospital to be treated. According to police, excessive speed and alcohol are suspected causes for this tragic accident. The driver has since been charged with felony homicide by vehicle, driving under the influence and speeding.

With a reported history of habitual traffic offenses against him, the driver of the SUV in this car crash may face significant penalties as a result of the criminal charges. The family of the deceased victim may offer evidence obtained by the police and used by Colorado prosecutors as proof of the driver's negligence in a related wrongful death claim. Unfortunately, no amount of money can replace a loved one. However, any financial restitution awarded from a successfully presented civil claim may help defray the financial burdens that invariably accompany such tragedies.

Source: CBS Denver, Teenager Killed In Car Crash, No author, March 24, 2014

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