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Mother of three dies in crash, may have wrongful death claim

Vehicle accidents can involve the most heartbreaking stories of immeasurable losses. A 27-year-old mother of three who was eight months pregnant died in a two-car crash on Route 6 in Farmington on Oct. 14. She was driving a purple minivan with her three children as passengers. Farmington police did not give a definitive description of how the accident occurred but they said that preliminarily it appeared that a Buick sedan turned in front of the eastbound minivan. If that's the case, her estate may have a wrongful death claim against the driver of the Buick under Connecticut law.

Two of her children were treated at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford and released. Her 8-year-old son suffered serious injuries and was taken by helicopter to Hartford Hospital. He was in the intensive care unit at Connecticut Children's Medical Center in Hartford, police said.

Neighbors seemed to be struck by the sudden loss of companionship of the decedent. One described her as "truly loved" by the community, and the 8-year-old son was a "very smart" kid. She was reportedly traveling to pick up her mother. Police confirmed that her unborn child did not survive the crash.

The Buick sedan that reportedly turned in front of the minivan was driven by an 85-year-old man from Bristol, who was seriously injured and underwent surgery that evening at St. Francis Hospital. His 86-year-old wife, who was a passenger in the Buick, died at the scene. The North Central Accident Reconstruction Squad is investigating the cause of the crash.

Pursuant to Connecticut law, both the injured son and his deceased mother may have claims against the Buick's driver, if it is established that the Buick did in fact turn in front of the minivan. In the mother's case, the claim is called a wrongful death action. Once the cause of the accident is determined, the estate of the decedent can consult with personal injury counsel to determine if there is a viable claim.

Source: courant.com, Farmington crash: Farmington Crash Victims 'Nicest People,' 'Full Of Life', Savannah Mul, Oct. 15, 2013

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