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.
The Colorado State Patrol recently responded to a call regarding an accident in the westbound lanes of Interstate 70. The section of the interstate where the car crash took place was shut down while troopers conducted their preliminary investigation into the single-car accident. During that time, emergency personnel transported one passenger and the driver to an area hospital.
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.
Most Colorado drivers have exceeded the posted speed limit at one time or another. However, when a driver goes well beyond that speed limit and drives far too fast for the roadway and any prevailing conditions, the possibility of a loss of control increases. At that point, a serious or deadly car crash can occur.
This month is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and the Colorado Department of Transportation is running a campaign to make drivers aware of the dangers of driving while distracted. Being distracted behind the wheel can result in serious or fatal injuries not only to the driver but also to passengers and anyone else on the road. CDOT likens it to wearing a blindfold for roughly five seconds, during which time just about anything can happen.
Winter weather has wreaked havoc all over the country since the beginning of the year. Even with forewarning from meteorologists, hazardous conditions can develop too rapidly for drivers to get off the roads. This may have contributed, at least in part, to the numerous injuries and one death that occurred as the result of a massive accident on Colorado's Interstate 25.
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.
From 2008 through 2012, hit-and-run drivers killed 104 people. Fortunately, only three of those fatalities were children under the age of 10. Most of those fatal injuries were to bicycle riders and pedestrians. In 2012 alone, 34 people lost their lives in these accidents. That number is almost twice the number killed in 2011, which saw 18 people parish at the hands of drivers who did not remain at the scene or render aid to the victims.
Police officers put their lives on the line every day in the service of their communities. They know that every time they put on their uniforms, their lives are at risk. The least of their worries should be whether they will suffer injuries when pulling over a vehicle on the side of the highway.
A Colorado Sheriff's department is in mourning after losing one of its own in a senseless tragedy on Jan. 26. The department has brought in professionals to assist responding deputies to process the events and deal with their emotions. The motorcycle deputy suffered fatal injuries in a collision.