In the aftermath of a serious car accident, those involved often do and say things that could seem unusual as their minds and bodies process what just occurred to them. While often simply a product of shock, some people might interpret these actions as indicators of something more serious — such as drug use. Unfortunately, a man in Colorado was recently charged with vehicular assault following a serious crash.
The incident happened around 11:30 p.m. on a day in September. Police believe that a 26-year-old man driving a sports utility vehicle ran a red light, resulting in a collision with a sedan. The driver of the sedan reportedly suffered several injuries, including fractured ribs and a head injury. The driver of the SUV reportedly left on foot but was discovered shortly afterward by a deputy who claims the defendant was hiding behind a pole and admitted that he had left the scene of the crash.
Police claim that they then noted that the man appeared confused and was repeating himself. Reports indicate that he yelled for his mother and sister who he seemed to think were in the crashed SUV but were not. He also allegedly fell asleep while signing a consent form for a blood draw, reportedly explaining that he was not passing out but blinking for a really long time. Multiple charges have been filed against the man, including two counts of vehicular assault and failing to remain at the scene of an accident among several other traffic offenses and misdemeanors.
Unfortunately, in the aftermath of a serious car accident, many people in Colorado are unable to fully understand the implications of the decisions that they make. Because of the seriousness of the charges against the man, the decisions that he makes in the coming weeks could ultimately have serious consequences for the rest of his life. To ensure that he is fully equipped to respond to the vehicular assault and other charges, he may choose to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney to provide guidance.
Source: dailycamera.com, “Man caused crash in Boulder County while high on methamphetamine, Colorado State Patrol says,” Mitchell Byars, Nov. 20, 2017