Car accidents happen for a variety of different reasons. When they occur in the early morning hours, the cause could be related to driver fatigue or lack of visibility. Unfortunately, a recent fatal crash in Colorado Springs has left one man wondering how to respond to criminal charges, including vehicular homicide.
Police say that the accident happened at approximately 1 a.m. on a day in November. According to reports, a vehicle was southbound on a Colorado interstate when the driver lost control. As a result, the car allegedly struck a light pole after exiting the road, then rolled multiple times.
Unfortunately, a 27-year-old passenger in the vehicle was ejected. He died as a result of his injuries. The driver, reportedly a 28-year-old man, now faces criminal charges, including allegations that he was driving while under the influence. It is unclear if the driver was injured in the crash.
Many of the details regarding the events leading up to the criminal charges are unclear, including whether the passenger had his seat belt buckled and how the driver’s level of sobriety was determined. It may be easy for police officers in Colorado Springs to make assumptions about a person’s sobriety based on the time of day that an accident occurs. However, there must be sufficient evidence to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt; otherwise, a defendant must be found not guilty. An attorney with experience with cases involving a charge of vehicular homicide can help the man fully understand the allegations against him and help him make informed decisions about the direction of his case.
Source: fox21news.com, “Driver arrested for DUI after fatal crash on Interstate 25,” Angela Case, Nov. 24, 2017