A hit-and-run story such as this tends to weight a bit heavier on families as kids start going back to school. In this case, the driver was sentenced to one year in jail and four years of probation for hitting a Highlands Ranch jogger.
“Mr. **** struck and seriously injured the victim, who was jogging on the sidewalk,” said Senior Chief Deputy Attorney Jason Siers in a press release. “Mr. **** returned home, without notifying law enforcement of the crash, while the victim was injured and suffering on the side of the road. This case should serve as a reminder that every motorist has a duty to drive responsibly and, if involved in a crash, immediately report it to law enforcement.”1
Details and Allegations of the Hit-and-Run Injuring the Jogger
The following details and allegations surrounding the hit-and-run of the Highlands Ranch jogger were collected from court records and news reports:1
- A 32-year-old man, of Highlands Ranch, hit a 49-year-old female jogger with his vehicle on the morning of Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015.
- The suspect turned himself into police within 36 hours of hitting the Highlands Ranch woman.
- The woman, who was reportedly training for a marathon, was discovered lying on the ground and bleeding near the side of the road at South University Boulevard and Crossland Way.
- She was transported to the hospital for treatment, and was listed in critical condition the night of the accident.
- On June 10, Mr. **** was sentenced by District Judge Richard Cashette to one year in jail for careless driving causing injury and four years of probation for leaving the location of a serious bodily injury.
Pedestrian Crash Report Records and Facts
Pedestrians are defined by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as “any person on foot, walking, running, jogging, hiking, sitting, or lying down, who is involved in a motor vehicle traffic crash. A traffic crash is defined as an incident that involved one or more motor vehicles where at least one vehicle was in transport and the crash originated on a public roadway, such as a street or highway.”
Here are some interesting facts about pedestrian-related crashes:
- In 2014, a total of 4,884 pedestrians died and an estimated 65,000 were injured in traffic accidents in the United States alone.
- There were a total of 4,813 traffic crashes each, and each one had one or more pedestrian deaths.
- The 4,884 pedestrian deaths in 2014 were a 2 percent increase from 4,779 pedestrian fatalities in 2013.
- In 2014, 26 percent of pedestrian fatalities occurred from 6 p.m. to 8:59 p.m.
- In 2014, almost one-fifth (19 percent) of the children from birth to 14 years old were killed in traffic crashes as pedestrians.
- In 2014, alcohol appeared to be a main factor for the driver and/or pedestrian in most fatal car accidents.
- In 2014, 90 percent of the pedestrians killed in traffic accidents involved a single vehicle.
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1“Hit-and-run driver sentenced to one year in jail” published in the Littleton Independent, June 2016.