Alcohol may have been a factor in Colorado Springs accident

A car accident is never a good thing, but when alcohol is involved, the stakes are even higher, especially for the driver. Mounting a defense against drunk driving charges often involves knowing whether or not proper police procedure was followed and whether a sobriety test was administered. For those facing these charges, every detail matters.

Police are saying that alcohol was a factor in a five-car accident that occurred on Jan. 19 when a pickup truck crashed into a cab. According to reports, the 23-year-old driver of the Ford F-150 was drunk when she drove the truck into a parked cab on East Bijou. The force of the impact then pushed the cab into three other vehicles that were also parked. East Bijou was closed while Colorado Springs police investigated the accident, which occurred around 4 p.m.

Police indicated that alcohol was likely a factor in the crash because of the intensity of the impact. The truck would have had to be moving at a significant speed to push the cab through the three other cars. Investigators also mentioned that there was no indication of the driver having applied the brakes during the incident.

The driver and two female passengers were all taken to the hospital after the crash, and one of the passengers is reported to have sustained serious injuries. According to investigators, the three women were not wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash.

The driver is now facing felony charges, including vehicular assault, for the accident. Drunk driving carries serious penalties, and a felony conviction can have major repercussions on a person’s personal and professional lives. Being able to determine the events preceding the accident, and whether or not the woman was intoxicated at the time of the crash, will be crucial for the defense team.

Source:, “Car Crash Causes Chain Reaction” No author given, Jan. 21, 2014

About Eric Anaya

Criminal Defense Attorney Eric S. AnyaEric Anaya has been practicing criminal law for over a decade. While attending law school, Eric was appointed to the University of New Mexico’s Board of Regents by the Governor of New Mexico. Eric decided to move to Colorado to accept a position in the El Paso County District Attorney’s Office. He prosecuted hundreds of cases in County Court, but quickly was promoted to prosecute felonies. Eric made the conscious decision to change his practice and his life to defending those wrongly accused. Eric has successfully handled hundreds of cases.

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