Connecticut Teen Killed After High Speed Police Chase
Posted On behalf of Michael D'Amico of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Mar 29, 2014 in Car Accidents
A deadly accident can tear apart family members and friends. Loved ones are generally even more torn apart when a teen has been faced with an untimely death in a fatal accident. This is true for this incident involving a police chase that ended with a teenager losing his life. A Connecticut man was charged with negligent homicide in relation to the devastating accident.
Law enforcement officers were reportedly attempting to initiate a traffic stop due to the man having unlawful neon lights under his vehicle. Instead of stopping, the man fled from officers and led them on a police chase, driving at over 90 miles per hour. Eventually, the chase stopped when the man apparently lost control. His vehicle struck an embankment and slammed into a building. Sadly, a 15-year-old passenger in the vehicle was killed.
Authorities apprehended the man and placed him under arrest. He was charged with the teen's death and engaging law enforcement officers in pursuit. He was sentenced to two years of probation after completing seven months behind bars.
A fatal accident can be overwhelming to all who were close to the victim. The family was undoubtedly in emotional devastation with the task of saying goodbye to a young teen. Since the funeral and sentencing, the family members of the deceased may wish to pursue a wrongful death claim against the driver. The civil court system in Connecticut may award compensatory damages if evidence demonstrates that the driver operated in a negligent manner that caused the death that resulted. Concerned parties may like to contact a New Haven personal injury lawyer to help determine if there are grounds to file a damages claim.
Source: NBC Connecticut, Oxford Man Sentenced to 7 Months in Fatal Car Chase, No author, March 24, 2014