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Woman, 39, dies in 2-car collision


Posted on behalf of Michael D'Amico of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Nov 27, 2013 in Fatal Motor Vehicle Accidents

A 39-year-old Connecticut woman was killed and two others were injured in a two-car accident that occurred after 1 p.m. on Nov. 23 in downtown Bridgeport. The fatal accident took place at the intersection of State Street and Lafayette Boulevard near the federal courthouse.

Police said the Bridgeport resident was driving a GMC SUV south on Lafayette while a Chevrolet sedan, registered in New York, was headed eastbound on State Street. The SUV was tipped over on its side during the collision, with the woman being partially ejected from the vehicle. Two teenage passengers in the SUV sustained minor injuries, and were treated and released at a hospital. The 24-year-old driver and a passenger in the Chevrolet were not injured.

The intersection and nearby streets were closed for several hours while police investigated the crash. The street was reopened to traffic later that night. The investigation continues with no charges filed immediately after the accident.

If the driver of the Chevrolet is found to be at fault for this accident, the surviving family may be entitled to compensation through a wrongful death claim under Connecticut law. Compensation may include burial benefits and a loss of earnings if the decedent was supporting her children.

Dealing with the legal implications of fatal accidents can be difficult while having to deal with grief at the same time. A personal injury attorney may be able to ease some of the grief for the survivors by pursing a wrongful death claim on their behalf.

Source: CT Post, "Woman killed in Bridgeport crash", November 25, 2013