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Car accidents take the lives of far too many teenagers

Any death is tragic, and it is devastating when a young life is ended before it really has a chance to begin. Far too many Connecticut teenagers lose their lives in car accidents. However, only some of them get to fulfill their bucket lists before they die.

Saving a life was on one item on a 17-year-old girl's bucket list. She created it in Dec. 2012 for a school assignment. She had already checked off the other two items on her list when she and a friend, a 17-year-old boy, were walking near Western Connecticut State University on July 2. As they crossed the street, a car came careening toward them. The girl shoved her friend out of the way and took the brunt of the impact.

Sadly, one of her family members had to check that last item off her list because she died as a result of the injuries she suffered in the crash. Her friend still suffered serious injuries, but he survived. After the hospital released him, he took the opportunity to tell the girl's family how she saved his life.

The investigation into the accident is ongoing, and it is not yet known whether the 23-year-old driver of the car will face any charges. However, she could face a wrongful death suit from the girl's family and a personal injury claim from the surviving victim. Proving that the driver's actions negligently caused or contributed to the death of the girl and the injuries suffered by the boy could result in separate judgments for monetary damages typically seen in car accidents of this nature.

Source: People, "Connecticut Teen Completes Bucket List by Sacrificing Her Life to Save Her Friend", Megan Kuharich, July 15, 2015

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