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Connecticut runner struck, killed by snow plow

Posted on behalf of Mark F. Griffin of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Jan 13, 2015 in Pedestrian Accidents

In earlier posts we covered the issue of pedestrian safety during winter weather. Those posts focused on things that both drivers and pedestrians could do to try to reduce the risk of such an incident occurring. Winter weather conditions appear to have played a role in the recent death of a Connecticut pedestrian. A runner died after a snow plow struck him. Though the man was taken to an area hospital, the injuries were sadly too serious and he died.

The driver of the plow was also apparently injured in the incident and he too was transported to the hospital.

In any accident there are likely multiple contributing factors. Where those involving pedestrians are concerned, visibility is often at least in part to blame. Though the exact reason behind this one is not yet clear, there are multiple visibility issues that could be at play. The first is the time of day in which the incident occurred. The runner was hit at approximately 5:15 a.m., before the sun was up. According to authorities it was foggy as well. Though police describe the area as well-lit, those issues in conjunction with the much smaller size of the pedestrian could have played a role.

The crash is currently under investigation and accident reconstructionists have been brought in. It is likely that investigation will shed some light on exactly how the incident unfolded.

The sudden loss of a loved one can be understandably difficult to handle. In addition to an emotional hole, it can also take a financial toll. Seeking compensation via a wrongful death lawsuit can provide financial compensation as well as the emotional closure needed to move forward.

Source: NBC Connecticut, “Runner Fatally Struck By Snow Plow in Torrington,? Stephanie O'Connell, Jan. 4, 2015