Alcohol believed to be a factor in Colorado 96 auto accident

Police are attempting to determine what led a woman to drive the wrong way down Colorado 96. At this point, they believe that alcohol was a factor in the crash, but further investigation will be needed to confirm that assumption. While authorities continue to look into the cause of the auto accident, two people are recovering from their injuries, and a third has already been released from the hospital.

Witnesses report that a vehicle was traveling west in the eastbound lanes of Colorado 96. One driver reported having to veer to the right as far off the road as possible to avoid a collision. Another motorist reported that she witnessed the vehicle almost collide with another car shortly before the wrong-way vehicle slammed head-on into a pickup truck.

The driver and passenger of the pickup and the driver of the wrong-way vehicle were all taken to an area hospital to be treated for their injuries. The 36-year-old passenger in the pickup is the only person to have been released from the hospital at last report. The 33-year-old driver of the pickup was transferred to another hospital somewhere in the Denver metro area. No information regarding his current condition is available. The 34-year-old driver of the other car was listed as being in fair condition.

The seriously injured driver in this auto accident retains the right to file a personal injury claim against the driver of the other vehicle. Proving negligence on her part may not be a challenge since she was traveling the wrong way down the highway. However, the final determination as to her negligence will need to be made by the court. If the court finds the other driver to be negligent, an award for damages such as medical costs, lost wages and pain and suffering may be ordered.

Source: chieftan.com, "2 hospitalized after head-on crash", Gayle Perez, June 3, 2014

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