Colorado Republican leader settles charges in fatal accident
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A former Republican Party leader in Colorado has settled a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the widow of a pedestrian he hit and killed in downtown Colorado Springs.
The Colorado Springs Gazette reports terms of the settlement between Trevor Dierdorff and Dianna Tolbert were not disclosed. Dierdorff is former chairman of the El Paso County Republican Party.
He was backing into a parking space in March, 2017 when he hit 79-year-old Mel Tolbert, who died five days later. The two men were friends. Police said Dierdorff could have avoided the accident if he’d checked his mirrors.
He initially was charged with careless driving and failing to exercise due care, but prosecutors dismissed the charges. Colorado law states pedestrians must yield to vehicles in the roadway when not in a crosswalk.
Information from: The Gazette, http://www.gazette.com