Authorities are investigating whether texting, speeding or drug use played a part in an August 1 fatal car accident, according to the Denver Post. The Colorado State Patrol reported some of the details of the accident in a news release. According to the report, the 51-year-old driver of a 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer caused the collision. The Lancer was being driven southbound on U.S. 285 when it crossed the centerline and struck a 2009 Kia Optima headed northbound.
Four family members were riding in the Kia. A pair of parents, ages 73 and 76, and their daughter, 54, and son-in-law, 60. The parents were in town to visit the daughter and son-in-law. The mother was pronounced dead at the scene. The father and daughter were flown to St. Anthony Central Hospital with life threatening injuries, and the son-in-law and the driver of the Lancer were taken to St. Anthony’s by ambulance with serious and life threatening injuries, respectively. Everyone in the crash was wearing a seatbelt.
“Investigators are focusing on what caused Whyte’s car to drift into the oncoming lane, and she faces possible charges in the fatal crash,” said Colorado State Patrol spokesperson Sgt. Mike Baker.
Nothing can make a family whole again after a loss like this, but if their loss was caused by someone else’s negligence, they deserve to see the person responsible brought to justice and to receive the compensation they need to begin rebuilding their lives.
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[Did You Know?: In 2011, 3,331 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver, compared to 3,267 in 2010.]
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