Keep eyes on the road. This simple plea can help to save lives, and distracted driving may have been a factor in a recent accident in Connecticut. The driver who struck another car went to court in November to deal with the fallout of the fatal auto accident. Her fate remains uncertain, and she is facing serious charges as a result of the incident.
A 49-year-old woman was charged with distracted driving while committing a moving violation, failure to drive in the proper lane, negligent homicide with a motor vehicle, and weapons in a motor vehicle. She allegedly struck a vehicle head-on while driving on Route 81 last May. Now, several months later, it appears she will get her day in court.
The car, which was traveling in the northbound lane, was struck when the female driver crossed over into the lane. The man driving the car, a 61-year-old, was killed as a result of the accident. The woman was arrested and held on a $75,000 bond. She was scheduled to appear in court on Friday, Nov. 17. No further details were available regarding the outcome of the criminal case.
A criminal case is not the same as a civil case. Whatever the result of the trial, the family may also choose to pursue their own wrongful death suit as a result of losing their family member to a fatal auto accident. The driver appears to be an innocent victim who has fallen because of an avoidable tragedy. In Connecticut, many people use the services of a personal injury attorney for help in bringing their case before the court.
Source: NBC Connecticut, “Woman Charged with Negligent Homicide in Fatal Clinton Crash“, Nov. 16, 2017