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Traffic violations suspected in death | Doehling Law

Unexpectedly losing family member unexpectedly is difficult under any circumstances. When this happens, people may feel as though they are robbed of quality time spent with their loved ones. When a young person passes away suddenly, however, that tragedy is seemingly heightened.

Unfortunately, one family is mourning the loss of a 15-year-old boy who was struck by a hit-and-run driver in Colorado. The young man, who was enrolled in a military academy, was out for a nighttime jog when a car struck him. Immediately after the accident, the teen was brought to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

Even though drivers are required by law to stay at an accident scene, the driver in this case failed to stick around. Not only this, but witnesses say they say two cars drag racing in the streets near the site of the car accident and the driver may have also run a red light just before the collision.

At the time of reports, Colorado law enforcement officials hadn't located the at-fault driver.

If a motorist realizes he or she caused a pedestrian accident, they may not want to face the consequences, so they leave. Every driver has a responsibility to act with caution and care. Violating traffic laws and fleeing the scene of a crash may be considered negligence, not to mention a disregard for the safety of others on the road.

As the days and weeks pass, the boy's family may determine their options for a wrongful death claim. The outcome of the police investigation could impact what happens going forward, so it could be helpful to seek legal counsel.

Source:, "MMA cadet killed in Colorado hit-and-run accident," July 22, 2013

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