Officers with the Greeley Police Department arrested an Evans woman on suspicion of DUI and careless driving following a five-vehicle accident on Saturday night.
Police say that 30-year-old Narrisia Reyes was driving near the intersection of 35th Avenue and 22nd Street in Greeley when she crossed over the center line and collided head-on with an oncoming vehicle. Reyes' car then spun around and collided with an additional two vehicles. A fifth vehicle was struck by flying debris and damaged in the crash.
Six people were injured in the accident - including five with minor injuries and a sixth with visible injuries.
No names of the victims or any other information has been released at this time.
Attorney contributor Dan Lipman has offered to weigh in with some thoughts on the legal options available to drunk driving accident victims in Colorado:
When an innocent victim is injured in an accident caused by the negligence of someone else, the victim often has legal recourse by filing a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent individual. But in some cases involving alcohol-related accidents, those who are injured and the families of those killed in the accident may also have the option to file a "dram shop" lawsuit, which allows third parties (such as alcohol vendors) to be held liable for alcohol-related injuries and deaths.
Colorado is one of many states with dram shop laws. According to Colorado's version of the dram shop law, businesses licensed to sell alcohol may be held liable for injuries and deaths suffered in alcohol-related accidents if they provided alcohol to the person who caused the accident, and that person was either:
For example, let's say that Jerry goes to a bar, has several beers, and begins slurring his words and falling from his chair. Despite being visibly intoxicated, the bartender continues serving him additional drinks. Jerry then leaves the bar, drives, causes an accident, and seriously injures Brian. In addition to having grounds for a personal injury lawsuit against Jerry, Brian also may have the right to file a dram shop lawsuit against the bar for serving a visibly intoxicated person.
If you or someone you love has recently been injured or killed in an accident with a drunk driver, you can learn more about your legal options by speaking with an experienced DUI victims lawyer.