Hit-and-run accidents have killed more than 130 people in Colorado since 2008, with charges filed in about 75 percent of cases involving fatal injury.
Police credit witnesses who are willing to testify for the high number of successful prosecutions. They know more than anyone that without witnesses, hit-and-runs can be very difficult to solve.
On Saturday May 31, David Nazeri was riding his motorcycle along U.S. 36 at around 11:30 p.m. When the motorcyclist went to exit at Sheridan Boulevard, he was rear-ended by a dark-colored Toyota Scion TC and thrown from his bike.
The driver left the scene without helping the wounded rider. Nazeri was critically injured in the accident, and remains in the hospital.
Recently, the cops caught a break in the case when they recovered the Toyota Scion they believe hit Nazeri with “significant front-end damage.” The police declined to say if they had a suspect, or where they found the car, citing the ongoing investigation.
Police say they are “still investigating the circumstances” of the collision, but without a witness, they have very few options.
What Should I Do If I Witness a Hit-And-Run?
If you witness a collision and the driver tries to flee the scene, here are some guidelines on gathering evidence so that police have the best chance of locating the driver:
- License Plate
- Vehicle Make, Model and Type
Even more general tips such as four door, SUV, trailer hitch, etc. can be helpful.
- Color of Vehicle
- Who was in the car?
Male or female driver, multiple passengers and physical driver description can all be important.
- Where did the car go?
Even if you cannot follow the driver, take note of which way the car is traveling to alert police when they arrive.
Motorcycle riders are at an increased risk for injury on a bike, because they are generally more exposed than regular motorists. By fleeing the scene of a motorcycle accident without requesting medical attention, drivers risk turning an injury into a fatality. Here at Metier Law Firm, we prosecute reckless drivers and make them take responsibility for their dangerous behavior. If you want to discuss your motorcycle accident, call us for a free consultation.
[Did You Know: After a collision, witnesses of a hit-and-run have about 30 seconds to gather evidence before the driver is out of sight.]
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