The rising numbers behind hit-and-run injuries and deaths in Colorado are grim, as reported by an ongoing investigation by I-News at Rocky Mountain PBS and 9News:
– Hit-and-run fatalities are rising in Colorado as overall traffic deaths are falling. In 2012, 34 people were killed across Colorado by hit-and-run drivers, almost double the 18 deaths the year before. The result was the state ranked 10th in the U.S. in terms of hit-and-run fatalities per capita. Statistics for last year have not yet been compiled.
– A total of 104 people have been killed by hit-and-run drivers between 2008 and 2012. Almost two-thirds, or 64, were pedestrians or bicyclists.
– Between 2011 and 2013, about 1,300 people in the metro area’s three largest cities – Denver, Aurora and Lakewood – were injured in hit and run accidents. That is more than one a day. The injuries ranged from bruises to paralysis. A breakdown of injury accidents by Lakewood police found that about one out of every 13 injury hit-and-run incidents in its city resulted in death or incapacitating trauma.
– Denver police reported 18,662 hit and run accidents of all types, both injury and non-injury, during the past three years. That is an average of 17 a day.
Legislators have passed a law to toughen criminal penalties and several cities have adopted alert systems to ask the public’s help in tracking down perpetrators. But the carnage has continued.
The I-News/9News collaborative investigation will continue for much of this year. 9News has created the #JUSTSTOP to encourage public dialogue.
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