The Thornton Police Department announced this month that Travis Butts, the 38-year-old male responsible for a devastating red-light-running crash in March, had a blood alcohol concentration level over four times the legal limit, at the time of the collision.
The crash occurred at the intersection of 120th Avenue and Colorado Boulevard in Thornton, early on the morning of March 6th around 1 a.m., when Butts drove his Subaru Forester through a red light at 102 miles per hour, and crashed into a GMC Yukon.
The impact of the initial crash, caused both of those vehicles to crash into three other vehicles that were stopped at the intersection, with the Subaru catching fire after the collision.
Tragically, the passengers in the Yukon, 32-year-old father Brett Chapman and his 7-year-old son Blaine, were both killed in the crash. Butts also did not survive the collision.
Police toxicology reports later determined that Butts had a BAC level of 0.380, more than four times the legal limit of 0.08.
Because of the outrageous speed of Butts’ vehicle at the time of the crash, it had been initially assumed that this horrible collision involved street racing, which has become endemic in the Denver area, but that was later ruled out by the police.
Brett Chapman’s 9-year-old daughter has been left without her father, and a GoFundMe campaign has been set up to accept donations to benefit the family, which can be found here.
Drunk Driving is a National Tragedy
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2019 there were 10,142 fatalities as a result of a drunk driving collision, with an average of 28 people a day, one person every 52 minutes, being killed in the United States by an intoxicated driver. Each one of these tragic deaths was preventable.
On average, drunk driving fatalities represent approximately one-third of all traffic accident fatalities in the U.S., which shows you just how widespread a problem this is.
When the negligence of an intoxicated driver damages the lives of innocent bystanders and their families, a civil lawsuit is in many situations, an important way to pursue fair compensation for the damages that have been done.
Compensation can include not only expenses like medical bills or funeral costs, but also non-economic damages such as pain and suffering. It’s important to speak to an experienced attorney as soon as possible, to learn what your options are.
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