Sometimes, it is easy to determine the mechanics of an accident, but not the factors that led to it. This is the case in a recent car crash in Colorado that took the life of two people and injured another. Police spent nearly four hours conducting their on scene investigation and cleaning up the accident.
Preliminary reports indicate that it was approximately 8 a.m. when a sedan heading north on a road in the Colorado city of Aurora made an inexplicable attempt to turn left into the path of an SUV heading south. The two vehicles collided, sending the SUV spinning. At the same time, the impact caused the northbound vehicle to roll over.
The driver of the SUV suffered what were only described as non-life threatening injuries. The passenger in the sedan suffered fatal injuries and died at the scene. The driver initially survived the crash, but succumbed to his injuries at the hospital. Since both of the sedan's occupants died, police may never know what caused the driver to try to make a left hand turn at a spot where there was no road, parking lot or other ingress. It does appear, however, that the sedan was traveling at a high rate of speed at the time of the crash.
The motives of the sedan's driver are not necessary for the injured SUV driver and the family of the deceased passenger to file civil actions against his estate. If negligence is proved, the court may consider granting an award for damages permitted under Colorado law. Any monetary restitution could help defray the expenses that invariably accompany a deadly car crash.
Source: kwgn.com, "Two killed, one injured in Aurora rollover accident", Chuck Hickey, May 8, 2014