It’s something that could happen to any of us: getting hit by an uninsured driver, and then you are left to pay the bill.
11 News has discovered that the driver at fault in a recent crash works for a local sheriff's office.
"It's right there. It's that Cutlass right there," Monica Romero said, showing us what's left of her family car.
The car is totaled, and sitting in a scrap yard. According to the accident report, a driver ran a red light at the intersection of Highway 50 and Morris in Pueblo, and hit Romero.
“I didn't even have a ride home from the hospital because that was our only vehicle,” Romero explained.
The woman behind the wheel was Raquel Griego. She's employed with the Pueblo County Sheriff's Office. The court papers show she pleaded guilty to not having insurance at the time of the crash, and that leaves Romero footing the bill.
"We're a victim in this. We were hit by an uninsured person who works for the sheriff's department. I follow the law. I have insurance, so why doesn't she have to follow the same laws?"
11 News stopped by Griego's house to ask her about the crash but no one answered. Because Romero only had liability insurance, she won't be reimbursed to get a new car.
"I'm paying for all of our bills right now. I can't afford to get a new car. This woman doesn't even know what she's done to my life,” Romero said.
Car insurance is required by state law. 11 News asked the Pueblo County Sheriff's Office if they plan to take action with their employee because she broke that law. They said because this is a personnel matter they will not comment.
There are an estimated 800,000 registered drivers on the roads in Colorado without any insurance coverage. This may be a good time to check your insurance policy to see whether you are covered if an uninsured driver hits you.