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Connecticut teen dies after hit-and-run bike accident

A male teenager died in an Oct. 6 bicycle accident in Waterbury involving two motor vehicles, authorities reported. The 8 p.m. accident reportedly occurred near the intersection of Baldwin and Pleasant streets.

That is where teenager was riding a bicycle when a Chevrolet Trailblazer struck him, uncoupling the teen from the bicycle. As a result, the teen fell to the pavement on southbound Baldwin Street, where a second vehicle hit him, purportedly. According to officials, both vehicles that struck the bicyclist fled the accident scene without stopping.

Emergency personnel transported the teen to St. Mary's Hospital, where he later died on account of the injuries he suffered in the incident. Police eventually located the driver of the Chevrolet Trailblazer and detained him on multiple charges, including felony evading responsibility, according to authorities. The man reportedly has existing hit-and-run charges on his record.

Police indicated that they are still working to locate the driver of the second vehicle involved in the fatal incident. Toward this end, investigators obtained video surveillance footage from several businesses in the vicinity of the incident.

Regardless of whether the drivers involved in this case receive criminal prosecution in connection with the accident, they might still be held accountable for the teenager's death via civil action. In specific, they may be named as defendants in a wrongful death lawsuit if the teen's family were to retain a personal injury lawyer and seek financial compensation for the losses they suffered as a result of the bicycle accident. Certain family members of victims in fatal bike or car accidents may be entitled to restitution if a preponderance of evidence indicates that their loved one's death was caused by another party's negligence or recklessness.

Source: WFSB, "Waterbury teen killed in hit-and-run crash", Rob Polansky, Robert Goulston and Joseph Wenzel IV, October 07, 2014

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