Following fatal Bridgeport accident, driver to spend five years in prison

Firm News On Friday, February 7, 2014

Even though most Connecticut drivers are cautious and careful, some car accidents are unavoidable. However, when people fail to stop after an auto accident, the legal system often punishes them severely. Such reckless behavior can even lead to more collisions with other drivers. Thankfully, people who flee the scenes of car accidents sometimes turn themselves in to the authorities.

When a 30-year-old New Hampshire man and his wife were driving on a highway in the Bridgeport area, their car stopped unexpectedly. They pulled over to the nearest exit, where the man got out of the car to check the engine. While he was standing outside of the car, he was struck and killed by another vehicle. Instead of stopping to help the man and his wife, who was inside the car when her husband was hit, the driver of the vehicle pulled away, running over the man a second time.

The victim’s wife alleges that she shouted to the man for help, but he ignored her pleas. Two days after the incident, the man turned himself in to the authorities. He will likely serve five years of a 10-year prison sentence and five years of probation. Immediately following the accident, the driver crashed into another vehicle. It is unknown whether anyone was killed or injured in that collision.

In some cases, the family members of fatal car accident victims may be entitled to compensation for their pain and suffering as well as any medical expenses associated with the accident. Thankfully, attorneys are available to help people in this unfortunate situation.

Source: Connecticut Post, “City man gets five years for fatal crash,” Daniel Tepfer, Jan. 23, 2014

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