Category: Car Accidents

Yale Medical Student Dies From Car Accident Injuries

A Yale medical school student near the end of her studies died Sunday morning of injuries she suffered when she was struck by a car while crossing the street Saturday. The medical student was supposed to graduate in May and begin her residency this fall at the Highland General Hospital Department of Emergency Medicine, part of the Alameda County Medical Center in Oakland, Calif. The student was crossing South Frontage Road at York Street near the Yale School of Medicine when she was hit about 9:45 a.m., according to a spokeswoman for the mayor’s office. She suffered serious head trauma. It is unknown at this time if the police found the driver of the car that struck the student at fault.

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East Hartford Woman Killed By Car

Police identified a 51-year-old town woman who was struck and killed by a car while crossing Main Street near Burnside Avenue early this morning. Police said Susan Lockery, of Rector Street, was hit by a 1995 Nissan Sentra in the Main and Orchard street intersection, a block from Burnside Avenue. She was taken shortly after 6:15 a.m. to Hartford Hospital where she was pronounced dead.
The accident scene was shut down for a few hours as police conducted their investigation. The driver of the car was not arrested. It is unclear from news reports as to whether the woman was walking in a designated cross walk at the time of the fatal collision.

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CT Proposing Tougher Penalties On Teen Drivers

The Connecticut legislature is considering tougher penalties on teen drivers that violate the law. The proposed bill aims to place tougher penalties on teen drivers who break the law. Under the bill, if a teen driver is convicted of driving while under the influence of liquor, they would lose their license until they are 21 years old. In addition, if a teen driver gets a speeding ticket, there would be an automatic license suspension. The first ticket would result in losing his or her license for 45 days. The bill also calls for more training hours and parental supervision of teenage drivers.

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Triple A Reports Car Crash Fatalities In 2006

According to the Triple A, 42,642 people died in car crashes in 2006. This equates to about 117 deaths per day and almost 5 per hour. This is the equivalent of two jumbo jets crashing every week. The AAA attributes many of the fatalities to excessive speed, drunk driving and the failure to wear a seat belt. Triple A also reports that the costs arising from car accidents have gone up with the largest cost increase being hospital costs.

The Connecticut�personal injury lawyers of Sabatini and Associates, LLC provide quality legal representation to clients in Hartford, Connecticut, and surrounding cities including: West Hartford, Newington, New Britain, Avon, Canton, Wethersfield, Glastonbury, East Hartford, Norwich, Granby, Rocky Hill, Bristol, Manchester, East Hartford, Plainville, Berlin, Farmington, Windsor, South Windsor, Bloomfield, Enfield and counties including New Haven County, Tolland County, Hartford County, New London County, Litchfield County and Fairfield County..

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Illegal Street Drag Race Kills Eight People

Police in Maryland said an uninvolved driver blinded by exhaust smoke kicked up in an early-morning street race plowed into a crowd of onlookers, killing eight and injuring six. The deadly wreck happened about 3:40 a.m. Saturday on State Route 210 in Accokeek, reported WRC-TV in Washington, D.C. Veteran officers called it the “worst incident” they have ever seen. Witnesses said two cars involved in an illegal street race had been revving engines and kicking up smoke, filling the roadway with white clouds. A group of onlookers then moved into the road to watch the race when a white Ford Crown Victoria slammed into the crowd.The driver told police that he was blinded by white smoke and could not see the people before striking them. Officers said the driver was not involved in the illegal race. Race observer Crystal Gaines was standing next to her 61-year-old father when the car struck. Gaines grabbed her child but could not help her father, William Gaines Sr., 61, who was among the dead. She said she had hold of his hand, but lost her grip. “He wasn’t breathing, he wasn’t moving,” she said. “His body was in pieces.” Apparently, the driver of the white car had nothing to do with the drag race either as a participant or spectator. This is a truly tragic accident and serves as a somber remainder that illegal street racing is illegal for a very good reason – it is an ultra-hazardous activity that places the lives of spectators, drivers and people simply in the area in serious danger.

Of note, under Connecticut law, all participants in an illegal street race are legally responsible for injury caused to a third party regradless as to which racing vehicle actually caused injury to the victim. In fact, in a Connecticut case where we represented a client seriously injured as a passenger in a single car accident, the driver of the vehicle that had been racing the car in which our client rode as a passenger was held liable for her injuries. The driver’s liablity was bsed upon the fact that he had been racing.

The Connecticut�personal injury lawyers of Sabatini and Associates, LLC provide quality legal representation to clients in Hartford, Connecticut, and surrounding cities including: West Hartford, Newington, New Britain, Avon, Canton, Wethersfield, Glastonbury, East Hartford, Norwich, Granby, Rocky Hill, Bristol, Manchester, East Hartford, Plainville, Berlin, Farmington, Windsor, South Windsor, Bloomfield, Enfield and counties including New Haven County, Tolland County, Hartford County, New London County, Litchfield County and Fairfield County.

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