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Car accidents: Pickup truck driver killed by alleged DUI driver

Leaving the scene of an accident at which injuries or death occurred is a serious offense. One of many hit-and-run car accidents that are reported in Connecticut took place on a recent Saturday afternoon. A 34-year-old Newington woman is facing several charges after allegedly causing the death of another motorist. Police suspect the woman was impaired by alcohol or drugs before causing the crash.

While the accident investigation is ongoing, a preliminary report indicates that police discovered the wreck of a pickup truck and its driver shortly before 2 p.m. on Interstate 91. The driver was deceased, and there was no other vehicle at the accident scene. Police say witnesses reported that the pickup truck driver lost control of his vehicle after being rear-ended by an SUV, which was traveling in the same direction.

Reportedly, the truck veered across the interstate and rolled over after striking the metal beams of the guardrail. It came to a halt against some trees on the shoulder. The impact of the crash appeared to have caused the death of the 46-year-old Colchester man who was the operator of the pickup truck. The SUV driver allegedly fled the accident scene but was located and arrested in a parking lot of a nearby Walmart. Connecticut State Police said there is a reason to suspect this driver of operating the vehicle while under the influence.

As in all car accidents in which one person's negligence caused the death of another, financial relief may be pursued. The deceased Connecticut man's surviving family members will be entitled to seek recovery of the unanticipated expenses for end-of-life arrangements and more. A wrongful death claim may be filed in a civil court. After the establishment of negligence determines financial liability, the court will adjudicate documented claims for both economic and emotional damages sustained before entering a monetary judgment.

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

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