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At least 1 dead, 4 injured in downtown Denver shooting, authorities say

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At least 1 dead, 4 injured in downtown Denver shooting, authorities say

DENVER — A person was killed and 4 others were injured in a shooting that happened on Monday afternoon in downtown Denver.

Spokesman of Denver Police, Doug Schepman told reporters that as of now no arrests had been made and police is still not sure if there was actually more than one shooters. Authorities have still not immediately released any kind of information on potential suspects.

“It is too early in the investigation as of now to be able to comment on what happened here and why,” Schepman told.

Denver Health Medical Center spokesman Simon Crittle told that the paramedics from the hospital have responded in regards to the shooting and have found one person dead at the scene. A total of four victims were known to be in stable condition on Monday night, police told via Twitter.

Earlier Police had said that three people were wounded, and not four.

Officers have closed a number of streets in the area, about 3 blocks from Coors Field, Colorado Rockies’s residence, after police first got the reports of gunshots at around 4 p.m. MST.

An eyewitness told Bigtime Daily that he saw a man who was holding a handgun in both of his hands fire into a group of indigent people, and one of the persons from that group fired back.

“Oh my God, oh my God,” Hisam Derani said. “I saw him reach the crowd.”

Derani also told that he was coming back from home after work when he heard the six gunshots. He told he saw one or two shots being fired before he ducked.

He told that a gunman got into a car, quickly slammed the door and drove away.

“Downtown is a very populated area for sure, and in order to have multiple gunshots fired in such an area is really concerning,” Schepman said.

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Reckless Driving in the State of Virginia

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The state of Virginia is strict in its enforcement of laws against reckless driving. According to section 46.2-852 of the Virginia Code, reckless driving is listed as a criminal offense. In addition, the Virginia Code categorizes all driving that endangers the life and property of others as reckless.

Several behaviors that motorists exhibit while behind the wheels can qualify as reckless driving in Virginia. “Reckless driving causes nearly a third of all deaths involving major car accidents, which are more than 13,000 each year,” explains attorney Karin Riley Porter. As a result, you can be charged by an officer and can be found guilty or not guilty by a judge.

Types of Reckless Driving

Reckless driving is in different forms and includes:

1. Driving a vehicle with a mechanical fault

Va. Code § 46.2-853 considers driving a vehicle with faulty brakes as a reckless driving offense. Therefore, if a driver cannot maintain proper vehicle control, the driver will be held liable for reckless driving. However, if a driver could prove that they didn’t have prior knowledge that the vehicle was faulty, it would be possible to avoid conviction.

2. Not giving out the right signals when required

Not giving out a signal while driving on Virginia road is an offense under section 46.2-860 of the Virginia Code. Motorists are required to start signaling 50 feet away from the place they would be turning where the speed limit is not above 35 mph. In situations where the speed limit is above 35 mph, drivers are required to signal 100 feet away from where they would take a turn.

3. Driving alongside another vehicle on a single lane road

In Virginia, driving two vehicles abreast on a one-lane road is considered a reckless driving offense. This rule, however, only applies to vehicles and has no implications on motorcycles and bikes. If found liable, the offender will face charges.

4. Overspeeding

Different Virginia roads are subject to variable speed limits. A driver can face charges for reckless driving if they exceed the speed limit specified by law on each road network. According to the Va. Code §46.2-862, a driver can face convictions for reckless driving if they exceed the specified speed limit by 20 mph or drive above 80 mph.

5. Driving with an impaired view

Some drivers overload their cars or carry passengers who prevent them from seeing all sides of the road. Overloading is most common in trucks. If the passenger’s sitting position in any way obstructs the driver’s view, then the driver can be charged for reckless driving.

6. Racing on Public Property

Section 46.2-865 of the Virginia Code considers car racing on any property that is open to the members of the public without authorization as reckless driving. If found guilty, the state can withdraw the license of the driver for up to six months.

Penalties for Reckless Driving in Virginia

A reckless driving conviction may attract different penalties to the offender, some of which may include:

  • A suspension of the driver’s license for six months or more
  • Up to one-year jail term
  • Fine amounting to $2,500
  • Increase in auto insurance
  • Ineligibility for car rentals
  • Possibility of permanent seizure of vehicle if found guilty of unauthorized car racing

Conclusion

Reckless driving is a severe offense in Virginia. If you are charged with the crime and convicted, it can stay in your driving records for up to 11 years. However, with the help of an experienced Virginia traffic attorney, you can get a lesser charge for the offense.

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