A recent car chase and subsequent accident left a 4-year-child dead in Bradford, Connecticut. The incident began when a 2016 Toyota Corolla was pulled over on I-95 north for driving without headlights on. The car, it turned out, driven by an 18-year-old with five other passengers, was stolen, and the driver tried to escape. The police began the pursuit of the car, following it until it collided with a Honda Element near the exit 5 exit ramp near Rt 1. The driver attempted to escape on foot, but was captured in the woods near the scene of the crash.
According to reports, the accident victim was sitting on the driver's lap at the time of the crash. The victim was transported to nearby Yale-New Haven Hospital, where he died from the crash injuries. The driver of the Honda Element was not injured.
The driver of the stolen vehicle is facing numerous charges, including reckless driving, engaging police in a pursuit, risk of injury to a minor, misuse of plates and second-degree larceny. Following the death of the child as a result of the crash, additional charges are likely, according to police.
Unfortunately, tragedies like this happen all the time throughout the United States. Although this crash likely could not have been prevented, there are wrongful death laws in place to help the families of accident victims attempt to recovery compensation for the other party's reckless driving. A family of the victim of a fatal car accident may be entitled to compensation.
Source: Eyewitness News, "Arrest made in Branford crash that killed 4-year-old boy," Rob Polansky, Matt McFarland and Kaitlyn Naples, Accessed on Nov. 29, 2016