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.
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.
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.
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.
What began as an early morning noise complaint to police on Nov. 18 of last year ended in tragedy. Fort Collins police attempted to pull over a man and a woman on an ATV that appeared to be the source of the noise complaint. Moments later, the ATV crashed, and the passenger suffered fatal injuries.
Getting behind the wheel of a car after consuming alcohol significantly increases the risk of a serious or deadly accident. The Colorado State Patrol believes alcohol may have played a factor in a recent accident on the south side of Horsetooth Reservoir near Fort Collins. The single-car crash took the life of one person and injured the other three occupants of the vehicle.
The crash is still under investigation by the Colorado State Patrol, but it has been confirmed that a Fort Collins woman has died on Terry Lake Road. Her death is Larimer County's 14th fatality on the roads this year. The Sept. 10 crash also sent her passenger and the driver of the other vehicle involved in the car crash to the hospital.
There are several factors that contribute to car accidents, such as speed, alcohol and distracted driving. There is one other factor that caused a recent car crash on U.S. 85 in Colorado -- the driver reportedly fell asleep while he was driving. Three of the five occupants from the vehicles were killed, and the other two were injured.