Denver law enforcement officials are currently seeking help from the public in identifying and locating a man suspected of causing a fatal hit-and-run accident just before 10 p.m. last night at East 78th Avenue and Clarkson Street.
According to investigators, the driver is suspected of hitting a pedestrian and then fleeing the scene. While investigators currently think that the suspect is a Hispanic male in his 20s, they also believe that the vehicle he was driving at the time of the fatal hit-and-run was a 1980s (or so) white two-door pickup truck with a license plate starting with “IFQ.”
Hit-and-Run Accidents: Negligent Drivers Try to Escape Justice
Although investigators in this case have not yet publicly announced whether they have any promising leads, it’s likely that if or when the suspect is eventually identified, located and brought into custody that he will face criminal charges, as well as civil actions from the family that lost its loved one in this tragic accident.
The fact is that, in many cases of fatal hit-and-run accidents, the responsible drivers end up fleeing the scene because they are trying to avoid facing punishment for their negligent behavior that led to the death of another individual (in this case the pedestrian).
Some of the specific types of negligence that can contribute to these accidents (and increase the chances that drivers will try to flee the scene to avoid having to face the music for their negligence) include (but are not limited to):
- Drunk driving and/or driving while intoxicated with drugs
- Driving without a valid driver’s license
- Violating other laws in the course of driving (such as driving a stolen vehicle, transporting illegal substances or goods, having a warrant out for one’s arrest, etc.).
Regardless of why drivers may make the bad decision to flee the scene of a fatal accident, the bottom line is that, if these drivers are detained by the authorities, they can face felony criminal charges and they can be named as defendants in civil wrongful death cases filed on behalf of grieving families.
Contacting the Boulder Car Accident Lawyers at the Cederberg Law Firm
If you have been involved in a hit-and-run accident, or if you have lost a loved one in any type of motor vehicle accident, contact the Boulder car accident lawyers at the Cederberg Law Firm by calling us at 303-499-0449 or emailing us using the form at the side of the screen.
For more than 35 years, our esteemed legal professionals have been successful at securing results and compensation for people who have been seriously injured in or lost loved ones to car accidents and other types of traffic accidents. Having handled countless cases, our attorneys have a deep understanding of the law, as well as the legal experience you need, and we can fiercely defend your rights in any legal setting.
In addition to offering free initial consults and contingency fee options, our lawyers make hospital visits to ensure that you have access to the legal support you need – whenever you need it.