June 29, 2011
Colorado court records show that a 50-year-old man accused of a hit-and-run accident involving a bicyclist early Saturday had two prior convictions on his record for driving under the influence. The man was convicted of driving under the influence in El Paso County in September, 1987 and in Teller County in May, 2006.
According to The Gazette, he is accused of running into the back of a 44-year-old cyclist around midnight on South Circle Drive in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He then allegedly drove away, leaving the victim to die. The cyclist passed at the scene of the crash due to a spinal injury.
The driver was arrested 12 hours later at a home in Widefield, Colorado, on suspicion of leaving the scene of a crash involving a death. Authorities say it will be difficult to determine if drugs or alcohol were factors in the accident because of the time that elapsed between the crash and the driver’s capture.
If the man is found to be the driver involved in the accident, he may face harsher punishment. Leaving the scene of an accident is a Class 3 felony in Colorado, which carries more severe punishment than he would face if he had stayed at the scene and was charged with vehicular homicide, a Class 4 felony.
The Colorado Wrongful Death Lawyers with the McDivitt Law Firm may be able to take the burden off you shoulders by handling negotiations with insurance adjusters an other involved parties lawyers, allowing you time to heal.