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Car accident leaves 9-year-old critically injured

While Connecticut authorities are trying to figure out exactly what happened, the family of a 9-year-old boy is praying that he will survive the injuries he suffered in a pedestrian accident. Sadly, his mother was killed in the car accident, which happened shortly after 4 p.m. on a recent Monday in January. While the family waits to see if the boy will survive, people are wondering precisely why the accident happened.

According to a spokesperson for the police, the 40-year-old woman was crossing the road with her son when the pickup truck struck them. It appear to witnesses that the mother tried to protect her son with her body, but this has not yet been confirmed. The 70-year-old driver stopped after hitting the pair and waited for the police to arrive.

The accident happened about 20 feet from an intersection, and the intersection was subsequently closed off for an investigation. A city bus driver was questioned by the police, possibly as a witness. It is unclear if any criminal charges will follow.

Understandably, this Connecticut family is facing a difficult time. One of the decisions they will have to address is whether to file a civil claim against the driver of the pickup truck. Should it be proven that negligence of the driver was responsible for -- or significantly contributed to -- the car accident, the victims' family may be entitled to a monetary judgment to recoup damages. One issue may be whether the pedestrians were in a crosswalk at the time of the collision, and if not, whether that apparent negligence contributed to the tragic accident. Connecticut is known as a modified comparative negligence state, meaning that an accident victim -- including the estate of a deceased victim -- is entitled to pursue civil claims for financial relief so long as the victim was not more at fault than the other parties to the claim.

Source:, "Woman dead, son hospitalized after being hit by truck", Daniel Tepfer, Jan. 12, 2016

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