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Driver sought after fatal Connecticut bicycle accident

This past Christmas was a sad one for a Connecticut family as they lost a family member on Christmas Eve. The 55-year-old victim was critically injured in a bicycle accident two days before Christmas. He passed away the next day. While most families spent a joyous Christmas Eve together, this family had to come to terms with the death of a beloved.  

The accident happened at approximately 7:45 a.m. on Dec. 23. The critically injured cyclist was taken to a hospital in the area by ambulance. The driver of the vehicle did not remain at the accident scene, and police are currently searching for this person.  Although the accident is under investigation by an accident reconstruction team and police have spoken to some witnesses, they are still asking for any other witnesses to come forward.

Driver awareness of cyclists remains an issue on our roadways. Once again, the vulnerability of cyclists is seen. The disregard for the injured victim apparently shown by the motor vehicle driver is tragic. It is also against Connecticut law, which requires a driver to remain at the scene of an accident causing in jury or property damage.

When the police find the driver of the vehicle, he or she will likely face criminal charges. Regardless of the outcome of a criminal case, the family of the deceased cyclist may choose to file a wrongful death claim against the alleged hit-and-run driver after the bicycle accident. A Connecticut family retains the right to seek financial relief through the civil court system when the evidence indicates that the death was caused by the negligence of another party. A successfully litigated civil claim may result in the entry of a monetary judgment for financial damages.  

Source: wtnh.com, "Shelton police investigating fatal bicycle strike", Jesse Gosselin, Dec. 29, 2015

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