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Driver tries to pass car, causes fatal crash in Jefferson County

Last week, a 61-year-old woman was killed in Jefferson County after her car was struck by another vehicle on Colo. 93. The driver of the other vehicle had attempted to pass a car in a no-passing zone, officials reported.

The fatal car accident occurred on March 13. The woman who died in the accident will be missed by many, including family, friends, and those who had worked with her. The woman had lead Metrolist, a real estate listing service, for more than 25 years before she resigned from the company in 2011. She was driving her Jaguar convertible on Colo. 93 when her vehicle was struck head-on by a Subaru Outback.

The woman's death is certainly tragic. The accident should have never occurred because the driver of the Outback should not have been attempting to pass another vehicle at the time.

The crash victim was from Littleton. The Colorado State Patrol reported that the crash occurred in the afternoon. A 21-year-old man driving an Outback had attempted to pass another vehicle while traveling northbound on Colo. 93. When the driver attempted to pass the car, he saw that an oncoming vehicle was heading southbound. The driver attempted to go back into the northbound lane, but while doing so, the driver struck the vehicle he was trying to pass.

The collision caused the Outback to go back into the southbound lane. The Outback then struck the oncoming Jaguar. The driver of the Outback survived the head-on crash. However, the driver of the convertible died in the crash.

When victims are killed in accidents caused by another driver's negligence or reckless actions, victims' families may consider pursuing a wrongful death claim in Colorado. Accidents happen, but when a victim is killed because of another motorist's poor decisions, the victim's family deserves to hold the negligent party accountable. A victim's family may also be able to recover compensation for some damages resulting from a loved one's unexpected and tragic death.

Source: Boulder Daily Camera, "Coroner ID's woman killed in crash on Colo. 93 south of Boulder," Mitchell Byers, March 14, 2013

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