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Suspected drunk driver kills man, injures others

The tragic truth about some kinds of car accidents is that sometimes it's just a matter of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. A man from Southbury was recently killed while sitting in a stopped vehicle as another man suspected of drunk driving fled the police.

Police reports indicate that the driver responsible for the crash had been pulled over by a city police officer who had observed the driver behaving erratically. The driver proceeded to lead the policeman on a high-speed chase though the downtown of Norwich in an attempt to evade arrest. The report did not confirm whether the driver was under the influence at the time of the accident.

As the pursuit continued, the driver dangerously crossed lanes and struck the victims in their vehicle, which was stopped at a traffic light. Both the driver and the passenger of the fleeing vehicle were not wearing seat belts and suffered significant injuries, while the driver and passenger of the vehicle that was struck also suffered serious injury. All four of them were taken to a nearby hospital. Tragically, the passenger of the vehicle that was struck succumbed to his injuries.

This is the kind of horror story that no one thinks will happen to them until it does. One man's selfish choice to gamble with his chances at outrunning a police officer resulted in three severely injured people and one fatality. Unfortunately, his story is far too common. If you have been injured in a car accident, please don't hesitate to enlist the help of an experienced attorney who can help you navigate this difficult time while you seek healing and justice.

Source: Hartford Courant, "Southbury Man Dead After Police Chase, Crash In Norwich," Kathleen McWilliams and Christine Dempsey, Oct. 31, 2016

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