Deadly motor vehicle accidents can occur just about anywhere at any time. However, the root cause of such accidents can sometimes be difficult to discern.
Recently, a Kingsford Oxford School dean was traveling east on Boulevard in West Hartford when her vehicle was broadsided by a school bus on the driver side. The victim was taken to a Connecticut hospital where she was later pronounces dead due to blunt force trauma. However, despite knowing what happened in the accident, police cannot explain the why.
West Hartford authorities have ruled out any mechanical defect as the cause of the crash that killed the 39-year-old veteran educator. Investigators have also ruled out excessive speed or a traffic light malfunction and neither driver was impaired.
According to reports, authorities returned to the scene of the crash at Mountain Road and Boulevard to also investigate whether sun glare could have been a factor. No definitive conclusions were reached. As a result, the cause of this fatal accident continues to elude investigators. Police are asking that anyone with new information on the crash come forward.
While many fatal accidents have a straight-forward cause, some collisions are tougher to explain. Many times the only witness or witnesses with knowledge of what occurred have been seriously injured or killed leaving authorities to piece together circumstantial evidence. Their conclusions can have a wide-reaching effect.
The families of those killed in a car crash may have a cause of action for negligence against an at-fault driver. In some cases, an accident reconstruction performed by a professional can help evaluate whether a claim can be made on behalf of a family that lost a loved one in an accident.
Source: Hartford Courant, "Investigation Continues Of Crash That Killed Kingsford Oxford Dean," David Owens, March 27, 2014