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Accident victim's suffering continues as bills accumulate


Posted by Thomas Pettinicchi of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Feb 01, 2013 in Car Accidents

Something as simple and mundane as driving to work can take a life changing turn in the blink of an eye. That was the case for one woman involved in a car accident when a driver allegedly under the influence of illegal drugs crossed the center line, hitting her car. This sort of devastating crash can happen in Connecticut as well as other states across the U.S.

In this case, the victim faced hours of surgery and was wheelchair-bound in the months that followed the accident. The 51-year-old accident victim suffered crushed heels as well as a broken leg, pelvis and ribs. She is still not sure if she will even be able to walk again.

So what about the alleged drugged driver who caused the accident? It's arguable if he even should have been free to be driving that morning, considering his history. His record of arrests includes several incidents of drug and paraphernalia possession. At the time of the accident, he was awaiting sentencing for numerous crimes that are likely to land him in jail. A drug recognition expert concluded that he was impaired and should not have been operating a motor vehicle on the morning he drove into the victim's car.

This may have been obvious to those around him at the time, as he had bloodshot eyes and slow, slurred speech. He also fell asleep in the police car on the way to the police station. Yet while the accident victim was confined to a wheelchair and hadn't left her apartment in weeks, he was free and back on the street after posting $200,000 bail. Fortunately, a judge was later convinced to revoke the bail.

The woman stated that she'd like people to be aware of the effects of their actions, noting she will live with the physical and emotional scars of the accident for the rest of her life. Additionally, she will have to deal with mounting medical bills, which are literally stacking up in her apartment. The current total exceeds $350,000. In other accidents similar to this one, victims have been successful in pursuing compensation from the party responsible for the accident.

Source: ctpost.com, "Pain from crash continues for Everett woman," Eric Stevick, Jan. 24, 2013