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Vehicular assault or homicide charge may stem from DUI accident

A woman in Colorado recently lost her life in a hit-and-run vehicle crash that police said was caused by drunk driving. Now, authorities are investigating a man on charges of vehicular homicide. When a person is charged with vehicular assault or homicide following a DUI accident, he or she is still presumed innocent until and unless his or her guilt can be proved in a court of law.

The recent fatal accident that reportedly involved driving under the influence occurred on a Monday a little past 6:30 p.m. It took place near Interstate 70. According to police, the collision involved four vehicles. After the crash, a 25-year-old man allegedly ran from the accident scene on foot.

Nearly three hours following the wreck, someone contacted police to report that an individual who matched the man's description was seen at a park. Authorities said they found the man naked in a lake and transported him to the hospital to receive treatment for his injuries. They then investigated him on the criminal charges of DUI, leaving an accident scene and vehicular homicide.

If an individual is accused of vehicular assault or homicide in Colorado, it is within his or her right to proceed to trial to fight this charge. Alternatively, the person may seek to negotiate a plea agreement with the prosecution. This may offer the benefit of leading to a lighter charge and a more lenient sentence than what would be imposed if he or she were to be found guilty at trial. In either situation, the criminal defense will push for an outcome that is in the client's best interest.

Source: thedenverchannel.com, "Man investigated for vehicular homicide in deadly hit-and-run at Colorado and I-70", Blair Miller, Oct. 11, 2016

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