Just after midnight on May 24, a pedestrian attempting to cross from west to east on East Exposition Avenue was struck by a vehicle headed southbound. The woman was killed as a result of the pedestrian accident.
Police believe that the driver of the vehicle may have been drinking. The driver’s speed has not been released. The driver was not injured and did not attempt to leave the scene. Police are still investigating to determine who was at fault. It was not stated whether police intend to file any criminal charges against the driver.
The collision occurred only a few days after Denver police announced a new program designed to reduce collisions between cars and pedestrians. As of April, there were 143 Denver car accidents involving pedestrians since the beginning of the year. This number is almost 22-percent higher than the number of accidents that had occurred by April 2012. As part of the program, police intend to enforce traffic laws more regularly, which may involve issuing more tickets to drivers, pedestrians and bikers.
Any person who is operating a motor vehicle has an obligation to do so carefully. Evidence that a person was drunk driving may be used as proof that the driver was not acting carefully, even if DUI charges were not filed. When someone is injured in an automobile accident, a personal injury attorney may be able to assist in obtaining compensation. When a person is killed, the victim’s family may be able to bring suit on that person’s behalf. Typical damages in that situation may include medical bills, funeral costs and the victim’s lost earning potential. A person who loses a spouse, child or parent may also be able to recover for the loss of the victim’s companionship.
Source: 9news.com, “Jaywalking pedestrian killed in crash,” Paris Elliott, May 24, 2013