One person was killed and two others were injured in a 3-vehicle accident in Cheshire on March 9. The accident took place on the eastbound lanes of Interstate 691.
According to the Connecticut Department of Transportation and the State Police, the fatal car accident occurred at about 4 p.m., between Exits 3 and 4 of the I-691. A vehicle, driven by a 51-year-old New Haven man, failed to stop after traffic slowed down ahead due to congestion on the road and rear-ended a second vehicle, which in turn crashed into the one ahead of it, which was driven by a 51-year-old Hamden woman. The accident caused the closure of the road for hours, with the stretch of road reopening just before 9 p.m. the same day.
The driver of the second vehicle, a 65-year-old Waterbury man, suffered life-threatening injuries in the collision, although he was wearing a seat belt, and was declared dead at the scene shortly after the accident. The other two drivers were also injured and taken to the Hospital of Saint Raphael and to Midstate Hospital for treatment. Police continue to investigate the incident and no charges had been filed in relation to the crash. Factors that have played a role in similar crashes include speeding, distracted driving, impaired driving and weather conditions.
In fatal cases such as this one, the family of a person killed in an accident might choose to file a wrongful death claim after the police investigation is completed. The family might seek assistance from a personal injury lawyer, who might use information from the police report, including any charges filed against a particular driver, as evidence to show a driver was negligent in their actions and therefore responsible for the death of the victim.