What began as an exciting trip to Colorado for the weekend turned into a tragedy. Five students and two adults were headed to the Denver March Powwow on March 24 when the car accident occurred. At first glance, it could have appeared that icy roads were to blame for the accident, but troopers do not believe road conditions were at fault for the crash.
The Colorado State Patrol believes it was something else that caused the driver to lose control of the vehicle on Interstate 25 in the vicinity of Fort Collins. Few details regarding the crash were released, but it is known that three of the students were ejected from the vehicle during the crash. Fortunately, all seven of the vehicle's occupants survived.
However, all of them suffered a variety of unspecified injuries. The injured were taken to hospitals in Loveland and Fort Collins. Troopers indicated that charges could be filed against the driver, but what those charges are and when they will be filed is not known. The families of the victims, along with their South Dakota community, are anxious to hear further details regarding both the accident and the recovery of those involved.
The man driving the vehicle may find himself facing not only criminal charges, but civil actions as well. Depending on the severity of the injuries suffered by each of the five students and the woman injured in this terrible car accident, personal injury claims may be filed against the driver. Medical costs can quickly reach into the tens of thousands of dollars, which could put a significant financial burden on the families involved. Any financial restitution awarded by the court could help relieve those burdens.
Source: kfyrtv.com, "Accident in Colorado Injures McLaughlin Students", Marisa Decandido, March 25, 2014