On September 17th at 12:20 p.m., an 83-year-old woman was hit by a Jeep Wrangler while crossing the street at 26th and Pearl in Boulder. She later died from her injuries. According to Boulder police, the 17-year-old driver had stopped at a red light, before turning right and hitting the woman as she was crossing the street.
Police have indicated that the driver remained on the scene and is cooperating with the police investigation.
No further details have been released, but the investigation remains ongoing.
We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased.
Pedestrian Fatalities and Wrongful Death Claims in Colorado
According to recent Colorado Department of Transportation data, pedestrian deaths are up 89% in Colorado. In 2020, there were 93 pedestrian fatalities in Colorado, a record high for the state. Many of these pedestrian deaths could have been prevented but because of the negligence of others, they were not.
Negligence can come in many forms such as distracted driving, driving under the influence, and speeding. When a death occurs because of the negligence of another person, a wrongful death claim can be filed.
In Colorado, there are laws that determine who can file a wrongful death claim and when that claim can be filed. There is also a strict deadline called a statute of limitations. No wrongful death claim can be filed past that deadline.
If your loved one was killed because of the negligent actions of another person, you are entitled to money or damages. Both economic and non-economic damages can be recovered in a wrongful death claim in Colorado. As a result, loved ones can be compensated for factors such as burial expenses, loss of income, grief, anguish, and loss of companionship or consortium. You will need the help of an experienced wrongful death attorney to help you navigate through this difficult process.
Important Next Steps
While you are grieving your tremendous loss, Debbie Taussig Law can put together your case and offer emotional support in a number of ways. Losing a loved one is a devastating loss. We understand and we want to help.
We will evaluate your wrongful death claim for free. We will help you get compensation for economic losses, such as burial expenses and loss of income, but also for non-economic losses, such as grief, depression, anxiety, and loss of companionship.
Call Debbie Taussig Law at 303-442-0176 and let us take on your burden so you can grieve and focus on your emotional health.