The loss of a loved one is never easy to accept, especially when the death is sudden and preventable. In the case of a fatal car accident, families are often left to grieve their loss while seeking answers as to how the accident occurred. Recently, one Connecticut family may have received some measure of closure after a police officer was charged with negligent homicide. Though criminal charges may ease the pain, some families in these circumstances may seek relief for their monetary damages through the filing of a wrongful death civil suit.

The accident, which took the life of a 50-year-old woman, occurred last July. Police and emergency responders received a report of a woman who was struck by a vehicle while crossing a street. Responders rendered aid to the victim, who was transported to a local medical center. Unfortunately, the victim was critically injured and later died.

The driver who struck the victim is a 28-year-old police officer with the Milford Police Department. She was only recently charged after a months-long investigation. She is facing charges of negligent homicide by vehicle, distracted driving — though reportedly not by a cell phone — and failure to drive carefully to avoid striking a pedestrian.

The woman was released after signing a written statement to appear for court. She was still listed on the department’s website as being a police officer. The victim’s family has waited for months for the investigation to be completed and may now be relieved that the driver responsible will be held accountable for their loss. Connecticut families who have endured similar tragedies often struggle to handle the financial losses that are incurred after these types of horrific accidents. If circumstances warrant such actions, families may elect to file a wrongful death lawsuit in order to seek recovery of their documented losses.