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Connecticut woman facing criminal charges for pedestrian death

A Connecticut court case in connection with a March accident was continued until Aug. 28. At the center of the case was a 50-year-old woman who struck a teacher with her SUV in the parking lot of a middle school. The victim, a 65-year-old woman whose career in education spanned 30 years, died on March 28 as a result of head injuries she suffered in the pedestrian accident.

The accident occurred at RHAM Middle School in Hebron on March 14. The 50-year-old woman, a Hebron resident, was leaving the school parking lot after dropping off a child. She entered the wrong area of the parking lot and backed up. In the process, she backed over the teacher, who was on her way into the building.

Police did not charge the woman until July 28, when she turned herself in to Connecticut State Police Troop K in Colchester. She faced one charge of misconduct with a motor vehicle, which is a Class D felony that carries a penalty of up to five years in prison, and one charge of unsafe backing. She appeared in Rockville Superior Court on Aug. 12 for arraignment, and the case was continued.

While the 50-year-old woman may have been negligent as she tried to leave the parking lot, confusing traffic patterns and other issues in the parking may have been partially to blame. The deceased woman's estate filed a notice of intent to sue the town of Hebron, alleging that a dangerous or defective roadway in the area may have contributed to the teacher's death. Personal injury attorneys are sometimes able to help families of deceased victims file wrongful death suits against multiple defendants in cases where more than one party may have been responsible for a victim's death.

Source: FOX CT, "Case Continued For Driver Accused In Deadly RHAM Accident", August 12, 2014

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