When street races take place, anyone on or near the roads is in danger. Those racing aren't thinking about the consequences of their actions; they're spurred on by the gathering of people who come to watch and race each other.
Police in Colorado now track the license plates of those who race, issuing fines and impounding the vehicles of those involved. What happens when a race goes too far, though? Pedestrians who are struck are in a position to file a claim, while the families of those who are killed can pursue a wrongful death lawsuit.
That's what might come out of this event, which ended up leaving one person dead. An Aug. 28 report discussed the impact a potential street race had on one victim. According to the story, the victim had been near the intersection of Morrison Road and Alameda Avenue when the person was hit by a car traveling at a high speed; it's not clear if the victim was trying to cross the street or if the driver went off the road.
The police at the scene reported that the vehicle traveled over 50 yards after hitting the pedestrian and that a second vehicle may have also been involved. It's believed that the vehicle attempted to stop following the collision, but the distance showed that the driver was traveling rapidly at the time of the impact. They suspect that a street race was the cause of the speeding. The suspect in the vehicle that struck the pedestrian has been taken into custody while the investigation is taking place. The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene.
Source: The Denver Post, "Fatal car crash kills pedestrian in southwest Denver," Bruce Finley, Aug. 28, 2016