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Impaired driver hits man, causes double amputation

The Fourth of July weekend is among one of the most celebrated holiday times in America. Colorado residents everywhere flock to cabins, campsites, trails, parties and other events to enjoy our nation's birthday. However, this same holiday weekend can be filled with tragedy as the surge in road traffic can also mean an increase in accidents. Some of these accidents can be caused by drivers who are operating vehicles while impaired by drugs or alcohol. One accident that happened in Boulder on the actual Fourth of July was one of these crashes.

The accident victim was standing near some parked vehicles. While this should have been a safe place for him to be, it was not in the end. The man ended up being smashed between an SUV and other vehicle both of which were parked at the time. The entrapment was caused by an impact when another driver ran into the SUV. The pinning caused such severe damage that the lower portions of both of the man's legs had to be removed during surgery.

Reports indicate that the driver was a minor who had used both an illegal drug and another prescription drug on that day. He was also distracted by his cell phone at the time of the wreck. He has since been charged with multiple criminal offenses. It is unknown if any civil case will follow.

People who are injured through the negligence of others deserve compensation. Talking to an attorney may offer insight into how that compensation could be sought.

 

Source: ABC News, "Man's legs amputated in suspected 4th of July DUI crash, 19-year-old arrested," Erica Tinsley, July 5, 2016

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