Construction zones are everywhere and navigating them in the Denver metro area is challenging for even the best drivers. When a person drives into an unexpected two lane roadway, danger looms. If that person is under the influence, disaster looms. That is exactly what happened early May 24, 2014.
An unnamed suspected DUI driver and victim were driving in opposite directions on I-225 and South Parker Road. This construction zone had no barriers or safe shoulder to protect drivers. The victim claims she saw headlights coming at her and tried to swerve. She was hit head on by the other driver.
The hit and run suspect fled the scene. The suspect was apprehended ten minutes later. The victim
sustained non life-threatening injuries.
Lt. Jeff Turner of the Aurora Police Department reports the suspect is being held for:
- investigation of vehicular assault
- hit and run involving serious bodily injury
- reckless driving, driving on the wrong side of a divided highway, driving with no insurance.
Denver Metro Area Vehicular Assault
Operating or driving a motor vehicle in a reckless manner in such a way as to cause serious bodily injury to
another is Vehicular Assault. Drivers suspected of a hit and run accident may be charged with “leaving the scene” involving injury and vehicular assault.
Colorado defines “reckless” as driving in such a manner as to indicate either a wanton or a willful disregard for the safety of people or property.
If law enforcement feels there is probable cause to suspect DUI or driving under the influence of marijuana or
drugs whether prescription, illegal or controlled substances; blood, breath saliva or urine test will be required at the scene or at a medical facility. If the suspect refuses a road test or any test requested by law enforcement their driver’s license will be subject to revocation upon review.