Lake Avenue was closed for several hours Saturday as Colorado Springs Police investigated a fatal rollover crash at Lake and Nevada Avenue.
Police said a woman, driving a small sport utility vehicle, died in the wreck. The driver of a second vehicle involved, a Chrysler sedan, suffered leg and head injuries and was taken to a hospital for treatment.
The crash was reported at 1:15 p.m. Police said a Geo Tracker turning from southbound Nevada onto eastbound Lake was struck by a westbound car. The crash caused the SUV to roll, and it ended up in the center median. The Chrysler also came to rest in the center median after striking a traffic sign and a street light, police said.
“We’re trying to determine the cause,” said Lt. Brian Ritz pf the Specialized Enforcement Division. “It’s too early to say if they were wearing their seat belts.”
Personal opinion of Attorney Ted Bills: While this appears to be a failure to yield and high speed collision resulting in death, I offer the opinion that this is a very dangerous intersection. If the city knew the intersection was dangerous and did nothing about it they might be liable. So could the contractor who built and designed the intersection.
The family of the victim should contact an experienced personal injury and wrongful death attorney right away. To pursue any claim against the City the family must first provide notice to the City Attorney’s Office within 180 days of this tragic loss as required by the Governmental Immunity Statute. If not, all claims against the City would be forever barred.