When an intoxicated driver causes an accident, their negligence and disregard for human life is astounding to most people. We usually ask ourselves how someone could make such a selfish and careless decision. The family of an Aspen woman is likely asking themselves this very question after an intoxicated 20-year-old caused the crash that severely injured their loved one.
A 20-year-old student is facing vehicular assault and DUI charges for the head-on collision that injured another driver. According to authorities, the college student was driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol and over the speed limit when his vehicle lost control and crossed lanes, colliding with another driver. The driver of that vehicle, a 52-year-old Aspen woman, suffered serious injuries and was transported to a local hospital for treatment of a spinal cord injury, a collapsed lung, broken leg and broken ankle.
At the scene of the crash, officers reportedly found a flask of unknown alcohol, broken beer bottles and a container of marijuana inside the college student's car. When asked, the 20-year-old admitted to drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana earlier that day. A Breathalyzer test revealed that the young man's blood alcohol content was 0.095 which is above Colorado's legal limit of 0.08. The 20-year-old was then taken into police custody and released on bail.
This young man's decision to drive under the influence of both alcohol and marijuana nearly cost a woman her life. According to authorities, the 52-year-old is facing numerous surgeries to repair her injuries. The road to recovery may be long and will likely be expensive, but with the help of her family and friends and possibly an attorney, she may be able to receive the support and compensation she needs to make a full recovery.
Source: Post Independent/Citizen Telegram, "Marijuana, booze found in crash driver's car," Jason Auslander, Feb. 2, 2016