Connecticut boy dies in fatal accident and driver is charged
Posted On behalf of Michael D'Amico of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Apr 19, 2014 in Fatal Motor Vehicle Accidents
A car accident can be traumatizing for victims who experience them. A fatal accident is even more traumatizing for family members, especially when a child has been killed. A Connecticut man has been charged with the death of an 11-year-old boy.
The crash reportedly happened last September. According to reports, the child was riding his bike along the roadway. The driver of a motorcycle struck the boy and it is not known if the driver remained at the scene after the impact. Medical personnel arrived at the scene, and the child was treated by his own mother who works as a LifeStar nurse. Tragically, the boy died as a result of his injuries.
Upon a preliminary investigation, authorities determined that the driver was operating under the influence. An arrest warrant was issued for the driver who eventually turned himself in and is being held on a $50,000 bond. He was charged with second-degree manslaughter. He was also charged with driving a motorcycle without a license and speeding.
A fatal accident can cause emotional turmoil for family members who are left behind. The surviving family of the deceased child is undoubtedly grieving their untimely and sudden loss. In addition to legal troubles for the driver, the boy's family may have legal recourse to recoup damages. The family may decide to file a wrongful death claim against the driver, and the civil court system in Connecticut may award damages if evidence demonstrates the driver of the motorcycle acted with negligence that resulted in death.
Source: NBC Connecticut, "Man Charged in Crash That Killed Boy", Ari Mason, Abbey Niezgoda, April 14, 2014