Bystanders do nothing after a hit-and-run. I’m sure you have all heard this headline as it dominated radio and news stations. A minute and a half clip showing the horrific hit-and-run of Angel Torres that aired on news programs and was attached to online articles has raised a lot of talk of society’s loss of morality. Angel Torres was walking across a two lane road after buying milk when a Toyota and a Honda chasing it crossed the center line and hit him. The clip caught by a surveillance camera also caught bystanders gawking and cars stopping for a second but then driving on. In the clip, no one comes to Torres’ aid or appears to do anything to help.
In the late hours of March 22, 2007, Jennifer Kois and Jake Brock, both 19 year old Mesa State College students were on their way home from a date when they were rammed in the back of their 2001 Saturn at the speed of 120 mph by Patrick Strawmatt. Jennifer Kois died en route to the hospital and Jake Brock died about an hour after his arrival.
Strawmatt, a 42 year old former Wheatridge police officer, had made an obscene hand gesture and was eluding troopers who tried to pull him over after complaints to 911 about his erratic and aggressive driving on west-bound I-70 in Mesa County, Colorado.
Good news for the safety of motorists as Governor Bill Ritter of Colorado signed two DUI bills into law last week.
In 2006, an estimated 17,602 people died in alcohol-related traffic crashes–an average of one every 30 minutes. These deaths constitute 41 percent of the 42,642 total traffic fatalities. Of these, an estimated 13,470 involved a driver with an illegal BAC (.08 or greater).
Here are tips on sharing the road with motorcycles from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Motorcycles are vehicles with the same rights and privileges as any motor vehicle on the roadway. Drivers of other passenger vehicles should always remember to follow these steps to help keep motorcyclists safe:
High Speed Electronic Messages of Doom
Imagine you’re driving on your way to work and as you ponder whether or not to grab a quick coffee you notice someone, up ahead, drifting into the lane next to them. Perhaps the person in front of you is tapping on their brakes every few seconds. Also, you got to love those people that cut you off almost clipping your car with the absence of a blinker. Unfortunately, these incidents may be the result of a text messaging fiend.
If you watch the news or read a newspaper there are more and more stories of accidents occurring as a direct result of cellular distraction.
Mesa County District Court Judge Richard Gurley ruled that the death of a fetus delivered at eight and a half month gestation, due to a car crash is not murder under Colorado state law.
On November 6, 2007, Logan Lage was leading Colorado State Patrol on a high speed chase when he crashed head on into Shea Lenen’s SUV. She was eight and a half months pregnant. Shea’s baby was delivered by an emergency c-section. Baby Lileigh lived for about an hour before she died. The coroner ruled the death as a homicide.
On June 14, 2007, Erika Weaver was leaving Interstate 76 at Colorado 52. Carlos Ramirez was driving west on Colorado 52 when he broadsided Ms. Weaver’s car. He admitted he was speeding.
Erika Weaver died four days later. After being released from the hospital where he was treated for minor injuries, he was arrested and jailed for being a habitual traffic offender, having no insurance and careless driving. There were also two warrants for his arrest in other cases.
2 young teenagers, a brother and sister were killed late Saturday night in an accident on 1-25 and alcohol is suspected to be a factor.
As a matter of principal I do not like to blog about other families tragedies. I find it distasteful and disrespectful of the family’s grief. However, in this instance this hit a little close to home for me. A family friend whom I’ll call Alex was recently pulled over and charged with DUI. My fear and frustration has always been what if he’s drinking and decides to drive? Will he make it home without killing someone? Alex drives I-25 around 104th Avenue regularly and could have easily been the cause of this family’s tragedy if the timing had been different.
Founding partners Kyle Bachus and Darin Schanker of Bachus & Schanker, LLC, recently worked with numerous others who advocate for Colorado consumers as well as the Colorado Senate in enacting a proposed bill in the field of auto insurance. As a result of all their hard work, this bill became a new Colorado Insurance Law that will impact your un-insured/under-insured motorist coverage (UM/UIM).