A Colorado accident has claimed the life of a motorcyclist who was struck by a sports utility vehicle. The 23-year-old victim was an airman at Buckley Air Force Base. The 32-year-old driver who hit him allegedly left the victim for dead by fleeing the scene of the crash.
The accident occurred just prior to 10:30 p.m. on a recent Wednesday in Denver. Authorities say that the motorcyclist was hit from behind while on his motorbike. The impact of the crash was so severe that the motorcycle allegedly skidded for over a block down the street.
Although the SUV driver tried to flee, police later located and pulled him over approximately one mile from the accident scene. Authorities suspect that alcohol may have been involved in the accident; however, they have yet to identify the charges that will be brought against the man. With all probability, he will be charged with fleeing the scene of a fatal accident and vehicular homicide. Intoxicated manslaughter is another possible charge that could be brought against him.
Colorado drivers must be exceedingly careful to watch out for motorcyclists with whom they share the road. Indeed, in the event of a motor vehicle accident, the size and bulk of a typical automobile compared to that of an unprotected motorcycle can cause severe injuries to occur in an instant. Any motorcyclist who is injured due to the fault of another driver may have a right to seek compensation in civil court by filing a personal injury claim. Similarly, family members of motorcyclists killed by a negligent or unlawful driver may be able to pursue wrongful death claims regarding the tragic and painful loss of their loved one.
Source: 9News, "Man arrested in hit-and-run crash that killed Airman" Paris Elliott, Apr. 10, 2014