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SUV strikes, kills Connecticut woman

A 58-year-old pedestrian suffered fatal injuries in a Stamford accident, authorities reported. The July 21 incident occurred near the downtown intersection of Hoyt and Summer streets at about 12:45 p.m.

According to police, the 58-year-old woman became trapped underneath a Chevrolet Tahoe after the SUV hit her. She was alive but unconscious when officials arrived at the scene. Emergency crews reportedly used a jack and wooden blocks to free the woman.

Ultimately, the pedestrian did not survive her injuries. Authorities pronounced her dead at Stamford Hospital.

The driver of the SUV, a 49-year-old woman, was taken to Stamford Hospital for observation following the incident. Authorities indicated that the Stamford State's Attorney's office will decide whether to pursue charges against the woman after investigators presented an accident report.

The July 21 incident was the second fatal pedestrian accident in downtown Stamford since May. Reportedly, people complain that the area is dangerous for pedestrians.

While many pedestrian accidents can be traced back to a driver's error, some accidents are the result of a defective auto part or a poorly designed roadway. In any event, people who lose family members to pedestrian accidents that could have been avoided if not for the negligence of another party may be eligible to pursue financial compensation through a wrongful death claim.

This civil remedy is crucial for bereaved family members who must cope with not just emotional anguish but also financial stress in the aftermath of a fatal car accident. For, if successful, claimants in a wrongful death lawsuit might be awarded restitution for the economic damages they suffered in connection with accident, such as the expenses associated with the decedent's funeral service and estate administration. Moreover, claimants might also receive compensation for lost earnings if the decedent had contributed income to dependents of the family household while alive.

Source: CT Post, "Springdale woman struck and killed in downtown accident", John Nickerson, July 21, 2014

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