Fatal accident kills Connecticut teen over the weekend
Posted On behalf of Michael D'Amico of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Mar 19, 2014 in Fatal Motor Vehicle Accidents
A car accident has claimed the life of a 15-year-old girl. The fatal accident occurred on a Connecticut roadway in Ridgefield when the teenager was walking along the road. Preliminary reports suggest that the teenager was struck by a motorist after leaving a home with her friends.
The accident happened on a recent Friday night. Upon an initial investigation, a witness told law enforcement officers that the teens were visiting a nearby residence. Shortly after leaving the residence, the teenagers proceeded to walk in the southbound lane. It wasn't long before a motorist, who was traveling in the northbound direction, struck one of the teenagers. Rescue crews arrived at the scene, where treatment was administered to the injured teen.
Tragically, the teen later died of her injuries at the hospital. A clinical director with Ridgefield Youth Services Bureau stated that a crisis team will be available at her high school in the coming days. Also, the Bureau's office will be open on Saturday to allow close friends and family the opportunity to mourn the teen.
Unfortunately, the negligent acts one party can cause death of another. When a teen loses their life in a fatal accident, it has heartbreaking consequences -- not only for the victim, but for the family and close friends as well. Under Connecticut law, families of deceased victims are able to seek recovery of costs such as funeral expenses, lost wages and damages for emotional suffering by filing wrongful death claims. The civil court system in Connecticut commonly adjudicates these types of claims based upon proof that negligence caused the accident and death that resulted.
Source: Connecticut Post, 15-year old girl killed in Ridgefield, No author, March. 15, 2014