Horrific DUI Accident in Boulder Ends in Double Fatality of Two Women
In September, Lisa Garcia of Longmont and Therese Woodworth of Dacono
died in a head-on collision on the 1300 block of 17th
Avenue. The twin 3-year-old boys in the backseat sustained minor injuries. An autopsy released this month by the Boulder County Coroner’s Office
said that Lisa Garcia had a blood alcohol content of nearly 3x the legal limit when she hit and killed Therese Woodworth. If she had not died in the crash, she would’ve faced vehicular homicide charges.
Police reports also stated that both women in the crash had THC blood levels that were greater than the threshold for driving under the influence in Colorado. Even though marijuana consumption is now legal for adults over the age of 21 in Colorado, it is not legal to drive high. Autopsy reports showed that Garcia had a THC concentration of 23.7 and Theresa Woodworth had a THC concentration of 19.3 when the accident occurred. The police report also cited that Woodworth was in her lane at the time of the deadly head-on collision and did not contribute to the crash.
This horrific accident is just another reminder that alcohol, drugs, and driving do not mix. In fact, according to the CDC
, 30 people in the United States die each day in DUI car crashes. This is the same as 1 person every 51 minutes.
Who is most at risk for being involved in a drunk driving accident?
According to statistics, young adults are at the greatest risk for being killed in a DUI car crash. In 2012, one out of every 3 fatal drunk drivers was between the ages of 21 and 24. This represented 32% of the individuals who were killed in drunk driving accidents. The next group was adults 25-34 (27%).
Motorcyclists are also at a greater risk for being killed in drunk driving car accidents. In 2012, among all motorcyclists killed in fatal crashes, 29% were driving intoxicated at the time of the crash. Oddly enough, motorcyclists between the ages of 40 and 44 have the highest percentage of DUI deaths.
Protect Yourself from Drunk Driving Accidents
There are ways to protect yourself from being a victim of a DUI accident in Boulder. Never get into a car with someone who has been drinking and never drive after you have consumed alcohol or taken drugs. Always carry the number of a reputable cab company in your wallet and call them when you find that you have had too much to drink. One mistake—could cost you your life.
Denver DUI Accident Attorneys
If you or someone you love has been the victim of a drunk driving accident, it is important to know that the law is on your side. Time is of the essence, however, and your attorney will need to review the driver’s BAC levels immediately to establish liability. Contact the Denver Law Firm of John R. Fuller, P.C
. today at 303-597-4500
for a free initial consultation