Colorado State Police officers responded to a call of a single vehicle accident on Interstate 70 Business Loop at 30 Road. When they arrived, it was discovered that both of the vehicle's occupants suffered fatal injuries in the crash. No other vehicles were involved.
Colorado State Police report that toxicology results indicate both of the vehicle's occupants were intoxicated at the time of the crash. The driver of the vehicle lost control and caused the vehicle to flip over. The man and woman were both thrown out of the vehicle as it rolled.
The cause of death for both victims was reported to be blunt force trauma. Investigators spent nearly six hours gathering evidence, examining the scene and having the scene cleared. Whether authorities have determined which occupant was driving at the time of the crash is not yet known.
Further investigation may need to be conducted in order to make that determination. Unfortunately, when a driver consumes alcohol or uses drugs and then gets behind the wheel of a car, he or she increases the risk of being involved in an accident. Anyone who voluntarily gets into a vehicle with a drunk driver also assumes that risk.
However, if a passenger suffers fatal injuries at the hands of an intoxicated driver, that person's family retains the right to file a wrongful death claim against the driver or the estate of the driver. Under Colorado law, the family could recover damages incurred in connection with the crash. Those damages may help alleviate the financial stress placed on the family due to the loss of their loved one.
Source: gjsentinel.com, Update: Victims identified in fatal early morning crash, Mike Wiggins, Feb. 27, 2014