On the evening of Dec. 28, world-famous cyclist Lance Armstrong was involved in a Colorado car accident where his vehicle reportedly left the crash scene. Originally, he allowed his girlfriend, Anna Hansen, to take the blame for the incident.
According to authorities, Armstrong was behind the wheel when his vehicle struck two cars that were parked in Aspen, Colorado. Armstrong and Hansen had been at the Aspen Art Museum for a party. The report states that following the incident, Hansen returned to the scene and approached the cars’ owners, offering to cover the damages.
The accident initially was labeled a hit and run by police. At first, Hansen told police that she was behind the wheel of the vehicle since Armstrong consumed alcohol while at the party.
However, over the course of questioning, (prompted by evidence from a valet that Armstrong was in fact driving when the pair left the party) Hansen admitted that Armstrong was, in fact, driving at the time the accident occurred. She said that the couple decided to say she was driving in an effort to shield Armstrong from public scrutiny.
After discovering that Armstrong was driving, the charges were transferred to him. The citations include leaving the scene of an accident and unsafe driving in hazardous (snowy) conditions. Armstrong now faces a hefty fine and up to 90 days in jail if found guilty.
Hansen, who is no long facing any charges, told authorities:
We’ve had our family name smeared over every paper in the world in the last couple of years and honestly, I’ve got teenagers, I just wanted to protect my family. I thought, ‘Gosh, Anna Hansen hit some cars, it’s not going to show up in the papers, but Lance Armstrong hit some cars, it’s going to be a national story’.
Incidents like this illustrate what can happen when you drive unsafely in inclement weather or leave the scene of an accident. Armstrong is just fortunate that he struck parked cars without occupants or the accident could have been much worse.
If you’ve been involved in a similar accident, or one where you were injured because of someone else’s carelessness, please contact Colorado car attorneys at The Babcock Law Firm immediately to schedule a free consultation.