Jurors found a man not guilty of killing a friend in a fatal Colorado car accident that ended in the Poudre River in 2012. The SUV accident resulted in charges against the alleged driver of vehicular homicide, drunk driving and reckless driving.
Colorado State Patrol officers who investigated the crash stated that the vehicle, a Subaru Forester, left Colorado Highway 14 near Picnic Rock and plunged into the river. Although the surviving man denied being behind the wheel at the time of the crash, investigators said that evidence recovered at the scene was consistent with the conclusion that he was driving. They cited the distance the seat was positioned behind the wheel and the man’s injuries, which they claimed were consistent with those inflicted by a steering wheel.
The accused man claimed that his friend was driving, as he had consumed too much alcohol to safely drive the pair from Old Town Fort Collins where they spent the evening. He claimed that he fell asleep while the 36-year-old friend was driving and woke to find them crashed into the river. The accused man managed to escape the vehicle but the friend’s body was found floating in the river. An accident reconstruction expert claimed that there was no way to know who was driving at the time of the crash.
A victim who has suffered injuries in a crash due to another driver’s negligence may have the right to collect compensation for his or her injuries. A personal injury attorney may be able to help by consulting accident reconstruction experts to explain exactly how a crash occurred and who is at fault for the injuries.
Source: Coloradoan, “Jury acquits man accused of causing fatal car crash that ended in Poudre River,” Trevor Hughes, Apr. 26, 2013