August 12, 2011
Sometimes the punishment just doesn’t fit the crime. That was the case in a Channel 9 News report concerning a Thornton, Colorado man who was the victim of a hit-and-run accident last October. The twist for the man and his family is seeing the driver who hit him released from jail before he, the victim, can fully recover.
A car hit the 26-year-old victim and a friend as they walked near Coors Field last fall. Witnesses stated that the man was thrown into the air before landing headfirst on the pavement.
After numerous surgeries and 100 days in hospitals and rehabilitation facilities, it was a slap in the face to the man and his family when they found out the driver had been freed from jail Thursday, after only serving 3 months of his sentence and earning early release with good behavior. Meanwhile, the victim is trying to learn to read and write again, after having already overcome the challenge of relearning how to walk and talk.
“I think he should still be in jail for what he did to me and Heather,” is all the victim could say. Prosecutors said they believed, under the terms of the plea agreement, that the driver would have to serve his entire sentence.
The Colorado Auto Accident Attorneys at the McDivitt Law Firm have handled numerous cases for victims of hit-and-run accidents with great success and may be able to help you get compensation for medical bills, rehabilitation, and lost wages if you were the victim of a careless driver. Contact them for a free consultation on your case.