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Motor vehicle accidents: 1 man dead in Colorado

A man in Colorado Springs was tragically killed and another has been hurt following an accident on Jan. 17, according to local police. Colorado authorities responded to the scene of the two-car crash that claimed the life of a 36-year-old passenger. One of the drivers involved is believed to have been driving under the influence of alcohol and is facing charges. As with most motor vehicle accidents involving potential DUI, this case remains under careful scrutiny by authorities. 

Police say a 31-year-old man was driving his vehicle westbound when he collided in an intersection with a southbound vehicle. The force of the crash injured the man, though the extent of his injuries were not reported. His passenger, a 36-year-old man, was pronounced dead at the scene by arriving medical personnel. The condition of the other driver involved in the crash was not reported either. 

Police say they have reason to believe the injured driver was drunk at the time of the crash, though they have not mentioned whether a breath test or blood test was administered at the scene. If the man was taken to a hospital, tests of this nature would be conducted at that point, typically after a warrant is obtained. The accused man is likely now focused on preparing his criminal defense. 

When motor vehicle accidents are caused by drunk drivers, penalties against the offending driver can be harsh here in Colorado. If the man is found guilty, he could face jail time and fines, not to mention the loss of his license. Separately, the family of his deceased passenger is entitled to file a civil lawsuit for wrongful death against him. This suit, if successful, could lead to the court awarding financial damages to the grieving family. 

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