A motorcycle rider heading northbound on Colorado Highway 2 was unable to avoid colliding with a car that veered into his lane. He ended up suffering fatal injuries to which he succumbed at an area hospital. The four teenage occupants in the car suffered injuries that varied from minor to critical.
The driver of the car, a 16-year-old high school student, lost control of the vehicle, which left the highway. He attempted to get back onto the road, but over-steered and ended up sideways in the motorcycle rider's path. The collision sent the rider flying an unspecified distance from the point of impact.
The driver suffered injuries considered critical and at last report was still in the hospital in serious condition. Two of the three passengers in the car are also hospitalized in serious condition with non-life threatening injuries. The third passenger escaped with only minor injuries.
Authorities believe that both speed and alcohol contributed to this crash. That portion of the highway was closed down for nearly 5.5 hours while the investigation of the scene was conducted. The investigation is not complete, however, and authorities are still attempting to piece together the events leading up to the crash. Authorities are discussing charges against the driver, including vehicular homicide.
In addition to possible criminal proceedings, civil actions may be filed as well. Not only can the family of the motorcycle rider file a wrongful death suit in connection with the fatal injuries he suffered, but the injured victims may file personal injury claims. Potential sources of recovery may be found through an analysis of the underlying facts and a review of Colorado laws applicable to a determination of liability in auto accidents.
Source: thedenverchannel.com, "Alcohol, speed suspected in fatal auto-motorcycle crash involving Adams City High School students", Wayne Harrison and Lance Hernandez, April 19, 2014