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Off-duty officer sentenced for fatal accident in Windsor Locks


Posted by Thomas Pettinicchi of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Aug 28, 2012 in Fatal Motor Vehicle Accidents

Whenever a person dies unexpectedly due to an accident, family members likely experience extreme emotional shock. Nearly two years ago, a Windsor Locks family lost their teenage son to a fatal accident. The teen was riding his bike when he was hit by a car driven by an off-duty police officer.

The off-duty officer has been sentenced to a minimum of five years in prison. He had allegedly been drinking before the accident occurred and the investigation states he was driving much faster than the speed limit at the time of the accident. A witness at the scene claimed she saw him throw several items out of the car window after hitting the teen. Police later found a beer glass in the woman's yard.The off-duty officer stated at his sentencing, "I'm extremely sorry. I never meant for this to happen."

Accidents likely due to drunk driving can bring about regret and pain for people on both sides of the accident for years to come. If you have lost someone you love to a negligent driver, contact our experienced New Haven auto accident attorneys for a free, no obligation consultation. 

While the off-duty officer's sentencing may bring a conclusion to the legal side of their son's death, no sentence will bring this family's son back to them. The teen's family requested that the off-duty officer, who was fired after the accident, spend 100 hours speaking about the dangers of drunk driving as part of his sentence.

This accident serves as a reminder that decisions in court can affect people's lives for many years. The teenager's family will never forget losing him at such a young age and the off-duty officer will likely remember the pain he caused for the rest of his life.

Source: Hartford Courant, "Koistinen sentenced in fatal accident," H. Munoz, Aug. 27, 2012