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Oxford man charged in fatal car accident

Posted by Thomas Pettinicchi of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Sep 20, 2012 in Fatal Motor Vehicle Accidents

Car crashes can be caused by a variety of factors such as carelessness, poor judgment and excessive speed. These factors can combine to make the precise sequence of events difficult to determine. If a serious or fatal accident occurs, passengers who were injured or their families may have the option of suing the responsible party.

State police arrested a 20-year-old Oxford man on Sept. 11, charging him with engaging police in pursuit, misconduct with a motor vehicle and reckless driving. He was arraigned and released on a $10,000 bond until his trial in Derby Superior Court on Sept. 24, according to state police.

The charges were in connection with a Waterbury auto accident involving one vehicle that occurred around midnight on March 9. The defendant was driving a Ford Mustang convertible on Route 67 in Seymour with two passengers, a 15-year-old boy and a 16-year-old boy. According to Seymour police, the defendant sped up when an officer attempted to stop him for a vehicle violation.

A spokesman for state police said the defendant attempted to turn onto Old State Road when he lost control of his car, causing it to become airborne. The defendant's car struck a commercial building before coming to rest upside down.

The 15-year-old passenger was pronounced dead at the scene and the 16-year-old passenger was treated at a local hospital and released, according to the police report. The accident investigation by the Connecticut State Police required six months to complete, and the final report is expected to be released sometime this week.

People who have lost a loved one in a fatal car accident face a series of legal and personal challenges. Losing a loved one, especially a child, suddenly and unexpectedly is devastating. But the loss of a family member shouldn't also bring with it financial difficulties. For this reason, filing a wrongful death claim may be appropriate in certain situations. Contact a Waterbury personal injury attorney at our firm to determine your legal options.

Source: New Haven Register, "Oxford driver, 20, charged in fatal accident," Jean Falbo-Sosnovich, Sept. 11, 2012