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Motor vehicle accidents: Colorado crash injures child

A man accused of drunk driving may have been responsible for a serious crash in Colorado Springs on the afternoon of Sept. 30, according to local sources. The accident occurred in the afternoon on West Colorado Avenue, and a 44-year-old man was arrested on charges of DUI as well as a number of other infractions. Thankfully, the local fire station was able to respond quickly to the accident, but as with many motor vehicle accidents of this type, this incident is still under investigation. 

The accident happened around 1:20 p.m. when the driver struck a parked vehicle with enough force to push the car some 40 to 50 feet. The vehicle the man was driving apparently flipped onto its top, crushing the cab and ejecting a 21-month-old child from the truck. The man is said to have attempted to flee on foot, but was caught by witnesses to the accident who held him until police arrived. 

The 44-year-old man involved in the crash was charged with DUI, felony child abuse, leaving the scene of an accident causing serious bodily harm, and vehicular assault. The child was rushed to a local hospital with injuries described as serious, but is thankfully expected to survive. There is no word as to a possible court date for the man as of this date. 

Motor vehicle accidents causing injury, especially to children, are always tragic. This is especially true if the individual responsible is intoxicated, considering the preventable nature of drunk-driving accidents. Even if the man is related to the child in question, the family will still be entitled to file a personal injury lawsuit in a Colorado civil court against him, apart from any criminal convictions that may come to pass. 

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