Earlier this month, a hit-and-run on Manitou Boulevard in Colorado Springs resulted in the loss of power to areas of the city. While the identity of the driver responsible for the outage remains unknown, police did find a car at the source of the outage. Meanwhile, earlier this year, another hit-and-run in Colorado Springs—at Chapel Hills Mall—resulted in the death of an 83 year-old woman who was hit by an SUV in the mall parking lot. According to the records of the Colorado Springs Police Department, the SUV knocked over the woman and pinned her underneath the vehicle. Shortly thereafter the occupants of the SUV exited the vehicle and fled from the scene.
The details of each of these hit-and-run cases testify to the fact that more than a mere driver’s license is at stake for those charged with a hit-and-run offense. Should police identify and charge the offenders in either of the above cases, those charged will face serious fines, penalties, and criminal charges. In the case of the hit-and-run on Manitou Boulevard, the offender would likely be liable for the costs associated with repairs made by Colorado Springs Utilities. Likewise, in the case of the hit-and-run at the Chapel Hills Mall, the offenders would face manslaughter charges among others. Even in the event a someone involved in a hit-and-run does not show any immediate signs of physical harm, one should consider that some physical ailments don’t fully actualize until months or even years have passed. Should you find yourself convicted of a hit-and-run, the conviction will certainly not help your case in the event of subsequent civil suit. While those faced with hit-and-run charges do need to take the proper measures to retain their licenses, the above examples serve to illustrate that a worst-case scenarios should never be ruled-out.
Anyone facing hit-and-charges should seek a qualified Colorado defense attorney immediately. Failing to do so—at the very least—could result in the suspension or revocation of one’s license, or—in worst-case scenarios—could result in serious criminal charges as well as exposure to other serious liabilities.