An unimaginable tragedy last week in Waterbury claimed the life of a 16-month-old girl. A 31-year-old North Carolina man driving a 2006 Chevy Impala rear-ended a Mazda with the girl inside. She was flown to the Connecticut Children's Medical Center to treat a head injury, but died overnight. No one else involved in the crash was seriously injured.
The fatal accident occurred while the Mazda was stopped at a red light on Long Hill Road. According to police, the driver of the Impala was charged with driving under the influence, second-degree assault with a vehicle and other crimes. After the child was pronounced dead, however, the Hartford Courant is reporting that charges are likely to be upgraded to manslaughter.
Police further reported that the driver had a criminal record. He had been convicted of larceny and other traffic violations in the past.
Reckless drivers such as this man are one of the most frustrating realities our population confronts. No matter how many public service advertisements or educational programs are put out there, it seems we cannot put an end to this steady stream of roadway tragedies.
While all traffic-related deaths are tragedies, there is something especially traumatic about the death of a small child. Though her family did not lose a source of financial support, they did lose something priceless in this senseless car crash.
When an accident like this claims the life of a loved one, families need to know that they may be entitled to compensation. Wrongful death lawsuits are designed to financially compensate family members, to provide at least some financial comfort in their time of loss. This type of resolution may help give families the closure they deserve.
Source: Hartford Courant, "16 Month-Old Dead After Waterbury Crash," Stephen Busemeyer, May 6, 2013