The loss of a family member is always devastating. A demand for justice following a loss believed to have been caused by another person’s negligent or reckless act is understandable. However, in order for there to be a conviction of criminal charges, there must be sufficient evidence to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. It is still unclear to the public at this time what evidence suggests criminal behavior — specifically allegations of vehicular homicide — regarding a fatal incident in Colorado.
The incident happened on a day in mid-September. According to reports, a 22-year-old woman was injured in a wreck that occurred in a Colorado parking lot. She was hospitalized following the crash and tragically died approximately a week later. The coroner’s office claims that she passed away as a result of multiple blunt-force injuries.
Police searched for a 19-year-old male and a 25-year-old female following the crash. They were arrested soon after on charges unconnected to the crash. Prosecutors claim that the teenager admitted to driving the sports utility vehicle.
Multiple charges are pending as a result of the incident. In addition to a potential charge of vehicular homicide, the teenager will also likely be charged with leaving the scene of an accident. The female suspect’s connection to the accident, as well as many other details associated with the incident, remain unclear. Because of the seriousness of the charges, representation by an experienced criminal defense attorney familiar with the Colorado criminal justice system is a must. By having guidance during the early stages of an investigation — even before charges are filed — persons who are possible suspects can gain a better understanding of the potential impact and consequences of their actions, such as agreeing to speak to police and prosecutors.
Source: gjsentinel.com, “Woman killed in hit-and-run ID’d; charges pending”, Gabrielle Porter, Sept. 25, 2017