Reader: Not all hit-and-runs are necessarily the drivers' fault

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Yesterday's post about four metro-area hit-and-runs that took place within 24 hours proved to be a conversation starter, in part because so many similar incidents have taken place in Denver and beyond lately. This reader feels that automatically blaming drivers for causing such accidents (as opposed to leaving them) may not be justified.

Samantha Kneedler writes:

Why is the issue of pedestrians crossing wherever they feel like it not being brought up? I'm willing to bet a couple weren't even the cars fault, not saying it's ok for the drivers to not stop and get help, but I'm sure everyone who has driven on Colfax or Federal in their life has had to dodge someone at some point.

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John Schilling
John Schilling

The run is the drivers fault. Maybe half the people hit, it's THEIR fault. Wearing black clothes on a black and rainy night,running across Colfax...I am so careful there you wouldn't believe it. They hurt THEMSELVES through stupidity, while ruining someone else's life. ( yes, the driver)

Tim Moore
Tim Moore

Be nice of the article headline and the actual content were discussing the same point.

A Lisha Kue
A Lisha Kue

Not always .......in fact if I had the balls I'd scam people especially those on there phones cuz there not paying attention I'd jump in front of there car n act like they hit me lol good scam for a ballzy person lol they can settle right then n there instead of callin the cops money possibly there car or possessions if only I was a scammer

Eric Matthews
Eric Matthews

Just because there are laws that pedestrians have the right away doesn't mean you can or should just aimlessly be wondering around and not be paying attention while on foot. Sometimes drivers just don't see you. This is especially true at night. People just assume a driver can see them. That assumption can cost you your life. Its still 100% responsibility on both parties, again just because there is a law saying its always the drivers responsibility doesn't mean they can stop on a dime or have night vision. While on foot you should always be the more cautious one, not doing do could result in your untimely demise.

Damon Wood
Damon Wood

yeah, i think we need to look at suicide attempts to understand all these hit and runs. jeez, you got some real brainiacs over here.

Dian Feral
Dian Feral

The choice to run IS the driver's fault.

Danielle Belau
Danielle Belau

The hit part might not be but the run part most definitely is the drivers' fault.

Nancy L. Fowler-Stricker
Nancy L. Fowler-Stricker

The hit may not always be 100% the drivers fault, but if they run then that IS 100% the drivers fault, in my opinion

Caleb Mather
Caleb Mather

Fault doesn't matter when you leave the scene of an accident

Paul Kohler
Paul Kohler

True story: Back in '99 or so, I was driving southbound on Broadway, right near the capital. As I approached the intersection of 15th, out of nowhere a homeless guy on a bicycle ran into the side of my truck. He flew over the bed of the truck while his bike stayed where it was. I wasn't going but 10 miles an hour at the time, so stopping was easy. I pulled out of traffic and got out. The homeless guy limped over to his bike, picked it up and started to walk away. I asked if he was OK, and all he said was he really needed to get his breaks fixed. He disappeared into the park. I called the po-po and they come out to file a report. I described the situation and what I could recall from the mans appearance, but there was nothing I could do with a hit and run like that. The insurance adjuster chuckled at the story, but it still cost me to get the repairs done.

A Chris Heismann
A Chris Heismann

About 13-14 years ago, I witnessed a hit & run where it definitely was NOT the driver's fault in any way. Two preteen girls ran across Havana & Colfax against the light. They were in the crosswalk, but clearly crossing on a don't walk signal. As they came in front of the cars sitting in the left turn lane, they managed to dart out in front of a car that was doing 35-40 or so. One of the girls was tagged in the hip by a car driven by an older woman and fell down. Cars came screeching to a halt, including the car that hit her. The girl, however, gets up, and obviously limping, runs with her friend and barely makes it onto an RTD bus that then pulls away. The women in the car and a couple bystanders were chasing after the bus.

Mark Mead
Mark Mead

the hit part? agree completely. The run part....no way.

Rob Payne
Rob Payne

The run part is 100% driver fault.

Kim Braman
Kim Braman

Is it true that every time a pedestrian gets hit by a car, the driver is at fault? No. Is it true that every time that person flees the scene, he/she is at fault? YES!!!! If you leave after hitting someone, YOU ARE AT FAULT for leaving the scene regardless of whether you are at fault for hitting the person!

Betty Miller
Betty Miller

Yes, I have seen pedestrians (and bicycle riders) do some of the dumbest things. They walk, or ride, right out in front of you with no warning. Very scary .

Legen Dairy
Legen Dairy

Bullshit. Yes if the person is Jay walking and you hit them the Blame is in their hands. But the minute you run all the Blame and fault is on you.

Lydia Cabrera
Lydia Cabrera

I love near 6th and Peoria, totally ghetto styled pedestrians here. They don't give a fuck about cars, they wanna get hit so they can get a settlement of some sort. #stupidfucks

Amanda Pacenza
Amanda Pacenza

I live on Havana where people walk across wherever they feel like whether there's street lights or not

Jason DrSoul Lewis
Jason DrSoul Lewis

I agree. the mentality is that the driver was drunk or high or something. and always at fault. are any of the victims investigated as suicide attempts? or their lives looked at, at all? I don't know the procedure..

Adam Aedro Drotar
Adam Aedro Drotar

Completely agree that pedestrians are just as stupid as the motorists and cyclists. But the drivers are wielding death machines, in comparison.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

You don't get to run over people.  Period.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

You make a good point, Danielle. Thanks.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

Strong statement, Caleb. Thanks for weighing in.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

That's quite a story, Paul. We're going to share it as an upcoming Comment of the Day. Thanks.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

Interesting, Chris. Thanks.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... what fool would remain at the scene of their crime so the cops can arrest them?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... only an IDIOT would remain at the scene of their crime, especially the crimes of Homicide or Manslaughter.



michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

Lots of readers agree with you, Legen. Thanks for posting.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

...  so all the people that remain at the scene are innocent?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... what MORON would step in front of a Death Machine?


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@muhutdafuga  ... if you don't want to get run over, then don't step in front of a moving automobile.


hth.

flipper478
flipper478

If you're too stupid to use a crosswalk, you deserve it. Pedestrians can have right of way if they want to do it properly, otherwise it's jaywalking, and thw drivers should not be held responsible

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