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Alcohol and speed suspected in deadly multi-car accident

Taken individually, speed and alcohol both pose separate dangers to people on Colorado's roadways. When combined, they only increase the potential for a devastating car accident. Sadly, impairment tends to lead to excessive speed that, in turn, tends to lead to car accidents.

Officers who responded to a recent crash here in Colorado believe that this combination of alcohol and speed caused the death of a woman. When it was over, five vehicles sustained heavy damage that was strewn over an area of approximately 200 feet. Police say it all began when an intoxicated man driving a truck rear-ended the woman at a stop light.

The 47-year-old man is said to have been speeding when he failed to stop and slammed into the back of the 25-year-old woman's vehicle. The impact shoved her vehicle into the intersection and somehow involved three other vehicles. She survived long enough to be taken to an area hospital, but her injuries were too severe and she died sometime later. Police took the driver into custody, and he faces numerous charges of vehicular homicide by reckless driving, felony DUI and suspicion of vehicular homicide DUI. He also stands accused of violating an order or protection.

If Colorado prosecutors secure a conviction for a crime related to the death of the woman in this car accident, her family might offer that as evidence of negligence per se in a related civil claim for wrongful death. Successfully proving negligence through this and other appropriate evidence could result in an award of damages. Any restitution could help with the inevitable financial losses that occur under these types of circumstances.

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