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Witnesses are crucial in the investigation of car accidents

Without witnesses, law enforcement officials here in Connecticut and elsewhere would have a difficult time investigating some crashes. Important details, such as the fact that a crash involved more than one vehicle, could be missed at first if the other driver fled the scene. This is why police often request the public's assistance after car accidents.

Police recently responded to a crash on northbound Interstate 91 at approximately 1:55 p.m. Upon arrival, they found a pickup truck had flipped over and come to rest against some trees. Witnesses informed police that this was not a single-vehicle accident. Reports indicated that another vehicle, an SUV, had slammed into the back of the pickup truck.

The impact sent the pickup across the road and into a metal guardrail, which is what caused it to flip. The 46-year-old Connecticut man behind the wheel of the pickup was found dead by emergency medical personnel. The SUV was located shortly thereafter in the parking lot of an East Windsor Walmart. The 34-year-old woman believed to be the driver of the SUV was taken into custody and faces numerous charges, including driving under the influence.

Criminal prosecution might not be the only court proceedings this woman could face. The family of the deceased driver retains the right to file a wrongful death claim against her as well. As would be the case in other lawsuits filed in connection with car accidents, if the court rules that the negligence of another caused or contributed to the death of their loved one, the family could be awarded damages to help defray the financial burdens place on them in the aftermath of this tragedy.

Source: masslive.com, "Woman arrested in fatal accident on I-91 in Connecticut", Jeanette DeForge, Oct. 16, 2016

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