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Will teenage girl's family file wrongful death claim re crash?

Summer is here, and many Connecticut teenagers have more free time and stay out later than they do during the school year. Even if teens are not riding in a motor vehicle, parents still worry about them getting home safely. Recently, one teen out with another in Danbury never made it home after being run down by a car. It remains to be seen if a wrongful death claim will be commenced due to the tragedy.

At approximately 9:30 p.m. on a recent Thursday, two girls - both 17 years old -- were walking toward a pizza place. As they crossed the street, a 2007 Hyundai Elantra driven by a 23-year-old woman hit them. Both were rushed to Danbury Hospital with serious injuries.

Medical intervention was not enough to save the life of one girl, and she died shortly after arrival. At last report, the other teen remained hospitalized in serious but stable condition. As part of the ongoing investigation, Danbury police are requesting that anyone with information regarding the accident contact them.

In the meantime, the family of the deceased teen has the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver of the car and any other party with an ownership interest in the vehicle involved in the accident. Moreover, a personal injury claim may be filed, seeking damages for the surviving, yet seriously injured, girl. If the evidence establishes that the driver was negligent in causing or contributing to the tragedy, a Connecticut court may award damages as permitted by applicable laws.

Source: NBC Connecticut, "Girl, 17, Fatally Struck By Car in Danbury", July 3, 2015

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