A 50-year-old Moffat woman is dead after a two-vehicle accident in Alamosa County. The accident happened on Monday, August 20th around 6:20 p.m.
A 32-year-old woman who was driving east on County Road 4 North did not stop at the stop sign where the road intersects with County Road 6 East. She was driving a Toyota pickup. Upon running the stop sign, she struck the right rear of a Volkswagen Jetta, sending it spinning, and then rolling one and a half times before coming to a stop upside down on the eastbound shoulder. The driver of that vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene.
There were also two other passengers in the Volkswagen Jetta, children ages 10 and 9. Both of them were transported to hospitals with serious injuries. State Patrol advised that none of the parties in that vehicle were wearing seatbelts, and all were ejected. The driver of the truck which struck them was wearing a seatbelt. Though the crash is still under investigation, and speed was not a factor, drugs are a suspected factor according to the Colorado State Patrol.
In the state of Colorado, a successful wrongful death case can award damages to the family of the deceased for lost wages, benefits, loss of companionship, medical expenses or funeral and burial expenses. In addition, punitive damages can be awarded which are not based on a family's loss, but rather as a deterrent action to prevent others from acting negligently. An attorney can help determine if a wrongful death civil lawsuit is the proper action to take in any given circumstance where negligence and a fatality were involved.