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Fatal accident ends the life of high school honors student


Posted On behalf of Michael D'Amico of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on May 17, 2014 in Fatal Motor Vehicle Accidents

A Connecticut family is currently in the early stages of a grief that all parents fear. They recently lost their 18-year-old son in a fatal accident, as he was riding as a passenger in a vehicle with two friends. There can be no words that adequately express the pain and turmoil that his friends and family are going through as they struggle to come to terms with their loss. Their story has touched the entire community of Bolton, Connecticut, and more than 100 people came to remember the high school senior at a gathering held at his school.

The crash involved only one vehicle. The car was driven by a 20-year-old man, and also contained a 16-year-old passenger. Both of those individuals sustained serious injuries in the incident, and were transported to a local hospital for emergency medical treatment. There is no update on their condition, as of the time of this report. The young man who did not survive the crash was pronounced dead at the scene.

The accident remains under investigation. Connecticut officials will review multiple sources of evidence related to the crash, which can include evidence collected at the scene, toxicology reports of the vehicle's occupants, and evidence of cell phone use at the time of the crash. If it is discovered that actions taken by the driver of the vehicle constitute negligence and played a causal role in the accident, criminal charges may follow.

In cases in which negligence is a factor within a fatal accident, the family of the deceased may pursue civil litigation against the party thought to be responsible. This comes in the form of a wrongful death lawsuit. The results of such an action can help a Connecticut family recover some of the financial losses associated with the incident. There can be no adequate compensation, however, for the loss of a child whose future seemed full of promise and possibility.

Source: Hartford Courant, "Bolton High School Student Killed In Crash", Ken Byron and Matt Sasso, May 14, 2014