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Wrongful death lawsuit may follow fatal wrong-way crash

The community of Shelton, Connecticut was shocked by the death of a former Notre Dame High School student who graduated with the Class of 2004. The man, who had served in Afghanistan as a medic in the U.S. Army, lost his life in a car accident. The circumstances surrounding this fatal accident may constitute grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit.

According to an accident report, the 30-year-old man was southbound on Route 8 on a recent Thursday morning. At the same time, a 29-year-old Seymour resident was northbound on Route 8. However, she was traveling in the southbound lane. When the man in the SUV came upon the wrong-way driver, a collision resulted.

The northbound minivan smashed head-on into the man's SUV. Both drivers were killed in the crash. No details were available about the minivan driver, but it was mentioned that the Army medic leaves behind an 18-month-old daughter along with his mother and other family members.

Following this tragedy, the surviving family members will be entitled to pursue claims for financial relief. They may file a wrongful death claim against the estate of the deceased wrong-way driver as well as any other party with an ownership interest in the minivan. In order to secure a monetary judgment in Connecticut, negligence on the part of the other driver must be established in civil court. When financial liability is properly documented, the court will consider claims for financial losses, such as end-of-life expenses and lost income, along with non-economic damages recognized by applicable law.

Source:, "Route 8 crash victim was U.S. Army medic", Jim Shay, John Burgeson, May 20, 2016

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