Six people were hurt on a Colorado highway when a Cadillac SUV spun out of control. State patrol believes the driver who caused the auto accident was impaired by drugs or alcohol and driving too fast on U.S. 285. A negligent driver who causes injuries or deaths among car accident victims is subject to severe criminal and civil charges.
Criminal charges are pending against the Antonito man, whose SUV spun and crashed into a pickup truck. Police said none of the Cadillac's five occupants were wearing seat belts during the midday rollover crash near Alamosa.
According to Colorado State Patrol, the spinning SUV struck the rear of the pickup. The impact sent the vehicles toward opposite sides of the highway. The Cadillac flipped over and landed on its roof.
The SUV driver was airlifted to a Denver hospital. The driver's medical condition was not part of the state patrol's accident report.
Two SUV passengers were hospitalized in serious condition at an Alamosa medical center. Two other occupants of the Cadillac and the driver of the Dodge pickup, a 32-year-old La Jara man, were treated and released from the same facility. All of the injured in the SUV were Antonito residents between the ages of 22 and 41.
The accident investigation remains active.
The most severely injured victim may be the Antonito driver who is blamed for causing the collision. The man could endure a difficult, lengthy road to recovery only to face charges for criminal wrongdoing and civil trials for negligence.
Injured victims may become plaintiffs in personal injury lawsuits. Wrongful death complaints could be filed by the families of victims who do not survive the physical trauma they endured in the accident.
Civil lawsuits filed in this case might name the SUV driver as a defendant. Victims or the plaintiffs representing them could pursue a compensation award through the estate of a negligent driver, should the person die as a result of an accident.
Source: chieftain.com, "6 hospitalized after 2-car crash," Matt Hildner, Dec. 12, 2012