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A 36-year-old woman was taken into custody on drunk driving and other charges during the early afternoon hours of July 17 after her vehicle struck and severely injured a construction worker in Colorado Springs. The accident took place in a construction zone and the woman who was struck was wearing high-visibility clothing at the time according to media reports. Members of her family told reporters that the incident was not the first time she had been injured by a motor vehicle while on the job.

According to a Colorado Springs Police Department report, the accident took place near the intersection of South Tejon Street and East Moreno Avenue. CSPD officers took the woman into custody at the scene after allegedly noticing signs of impairment. Initial accounts do not reveal if officers asked the woman to take a breath test or what the results of that test could have been. The victim was rushed by paramedics to a nearby hospital with what reports described as serious and life-threatening injuries.

The accident was the second time in as many months that construction workers in Colorado have been seriously injured or killed after being struck by alleged drunk drivers. On June 26, a 52-year-old Laramie man was charged after his pickup truck left the roadway and struck four construction workers in Fort Collins. One of the construction workers was killed in the crash.

The DUI penalties in Colorado are especially severe when accidents resulting in serious injury or death occur. In these situations, motorists can face vehicular assault or vehicular homicide as well as drunk driving charges. When their clients face such charges, experienced criminal defense attorneys may seek more lenient penalties by offering to resolve the case quickly if prosecutors reduce the most serious counts.