Connecticut State Police reported that an alleged wrong-way driver in the southbound lanes of I-95 was killed in a series of accidents occurring on Feb. 8. Five others were seriously injured. Reportedly, the accidents started at 12:48 a.m.
Officers reported that a 55-year-old woman was driving her vehicle the wrong way when she reportedly side-swiped another vehicle being driven by a 54-year-old man. The woman then reportedly veered into the path of an oncoming car being driven by a 30-year-old man, striking the man's vehicle head-on. A 50-year-old woman in a third car reportedly swerved to avoid the head-on crash, but the wrong-way driver's vehicle spun around, striking the front corner her car.
Emergency responders reported that they found six seriously injured people upon arrival, including the woman and five others. One person was apparently suffering from cardiac arrest due to the trauma, while another had to be extricated from their vehicle. Ambulances from Branford and Guilford transported the six to area hospitals, where the wrong-way driver was pronounced dead from her injuries. Law enforcement officers have not indicated what made the woman drive the wrong way or whether they believe alcohol or drugs factored in the wrecks.
When a person suffers a serious injury in an accident caused by a negligent motorist, the injured victim may file a personal injury lawsuit in order to recover damages for their losses. In the event the at-fault driver dies in the accident they caused, the named defendant to the lawsuit will be the deceased driver's estate. Anyone involved in such a car accident may want to seek the help of a personal injury attorney.
Source: NBC Connecticut, "One Killed, Five Hospitalized in I-95 South Crash in Branford," Stephanie O'Connell and Jessie Sawyer, Feb. 9, 2015