In a hit-and-run collision, most drivers flee the scene to avoid responsibility for the accident, often due to alcohol or drug use. Drivers operating a vehicle without a valid driver’s license or insurance have also been known to run rather than take responsibility for their mistake.
While it is appalling enough for a driver to leave a stranger stranded after a collision, some drivers can be even more callous and abandon their own passengers in a wrecked vehicle. These drivers will stop at nothing to avoid consequences for their actions, prioritizing their own safety and freedom over the life of a loved one.
On June 14, authorities found a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado that had crashed on Highway 12 outside the town of Cuchara. The truck ran off the road and hit a tree, rolling onto its roof.
First responders found a passenger, 25-year-old Ambre Cassio, who died in the crash. Police say she was not wearing a seat belt. The driver had fled the scene.
Colorado State Patrol originally named Tyler Spinuzzi as a person of interest in the accident. As of Sunday, June 16, the 25 year old had surrendered to the police, but no charges had been filed.
Police believe that alcohol may have been a factor in this accident, but due to the fact that the driver was out of custody for almost two days, proving it in court would be almost impossible. Even so, a fatal hit-and-run accident is a Class 3 felony in Colorado, punishable by 4 to 12 years in prison and up to $750,000 in fines.
I Need a Hit-and-Run Lawyer in Colorado
By choosing to drive impaired, reckless motorists have already proven themselves capable of making selfish decisions without consideration for the health and safety of others. Even after a car accident, they are most concerned with avoiding responsibility and escaping the situation without consequences.
Hit-and-run cases can be difficult to prove criminally, but a civil suit has a lower burden of proof. Metier Law Firm can help you succeed where the police cannot, and make sure that a hit-and-run driver pays for his carelessness. Call us to discuss your car accident today.
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