Even the most careful drivers can sometimes overlook a traffic signal. Because a single moment of inattention — something as simple as looking down to switch on a vehicle’s headlights — can cause a Colorado driver to miss a red light, it is understandable that accidents happen even to drivers who are typically cautious. Unfortunately, a man now finds himself charged with vehicular homicide following a crash that happened earlier in the year.

The incident that led to the man’s arrest happened in February. According to reports, a 31-year-old woman was attempting to make a left turn. However, police claim that a 33-year-old man driving a pickup truck over the speed limit entered the intersection after the light changed, resulting in a collision.

Reports indicate that the woman was transported to the hospital; it is unclear if the male driver was injured in the collision. However, the woman passed away. Police say that the male driver agreed to a blood draw. The result allegedly showed that the man was under the influence of marijuana.

An unexpected loss of life such as this is always tragic. While the desire for justice is understandable, those suspected of committing a crime also have rights that must be protected. However, many people charged with vehicular homicide and other criminal charges in Colorado are often unfamiliar with their rights and the criminal process. Fortunately, there are experienced professionals available to help them make informed decisions about their case, potentially including whether to fight the charges in court or negotiate for and accept a plea deal, if offered.

Source: coloradoan.com, “Driver in fatal February crash charged with vehicular homicide,” Alicia Stice, Oct. 12, 2017

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