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Waterbury CT Man Fatally Injured In Oxford CT Car Accident – Collision to Driver’s Side Door

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

Waterbury CT Man Fatally Injured In Oxford CT Car Accident – Collision to Driver’s Side Door

Gerald Bourgoin, 56-years-old, from Waterbury, CT and his passenger, Sheila Hernandez, also of Waterbury, were both transported to Waterbury Hospital following a collision with another vehicle on Route 67 this past Monday, January 28, 2013. Gerald Bourgoin was pronounced dead at the hospital. Sheila Hernandez was treated for injuries that did not appear to be life threatening.

This Oxford CT Car Accident crash occurred when Bourgoin was driving west on Hawley Road. he had stopped at a stop sign and then turned right onto Route 67. As he proceeded north toward the Southbury town line, Bourgoin’s car was struck in the driver’s side door. The other vehicle was operated by Donald Ansaldo, of Milford, CT. Bourgoin’s car spun 180 degrees. Bourgoin had to be extricated from the car.

Your loved ones Connecticut car accident case resulting in their death needs to be investigated immediately; before evidence disappears or the accident site changes. Witnesses may need to be interviewed or physical evidence examined. Don’t delay, contact us today at www.hcwlaw.com and tell us about your case online or call us toll free at (888) 842-8466.


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Fatal Bus Crash at Mohegan Sun Involving a Pedestrian Casino Employee

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

Wednesday November 5, 2012, around 4 p.m. a fatal bus crash occurred at the Mohegan Sun Casino.

Pui Yi Li, a 62-year-old from Elmhurst, New York, was struck by a commercial bus as she was crossing Sandy Desert Road.

Lin Qi Si, 38, of Braintree, Massachusetts, was driving the bus that struck Li.

Li was transported to William W. Backus Hospital where she died from injuries sustained during the fatal bus crash.

This fatal bus crash isn’t the first fatal bus crash to occur at Mohegan Sun. In 2004, a West Haven man was struck by a casino bus in almost the same place.

In April 2008, another casino employee was killed by a hit-and-run driver while walking along Route 32.

An fatal bus crash case in Connecticut resulting in the death of an individual can be devastating to the family of the innocent victim. Any wrongful death claim must be investigated immediately so the rights of the survivors are protected. You need an experienced wrongful death lawyer to help you through this most difficult time. Find out what you need to be doing right away.

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Fatal Bristol CT Crash Kills 90-year-old Woman

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

Fatal Bristol CT Crash- A Buick Lesabre driven by Gerard Nadeau, 66, of Terryville was traveling east on South Street when the car he was driving was hit by a Chevy Cavalier driven by 22-year-old Melissa Maddaloni, of Cheshire, at the intersection of South and Willis streets in Bristol, CT. The Cavalier had been traveling north on Willis Street.

Wanda Belisle, a 90-year-old Bristol resident, was critically injured and taken to Bristol Hospital where she passed away shortly thereafter.

Belisle was a front seat passenger in the Buick when it was struck.

Maddaloni, the only occupant of her Cavalier, and Nadeau, were both taken to Bristol Hospital for treatment of their injuries.

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Both Drivers Fatally Injured in Enfield Head On Collision

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

Two women, Laurie Angilly, 58, of Enfield and Davetta Curtiss, 76, of Suffield, are dead after a head on car crash in Enfield.

The two cars crashed head on near Route 5 and Broadleaf Lane in Enfield on the night of Sunday, September 3rd.

Firefighters had to free both drivers from their vehicles. The women were taken to area hospitals, but due to the severity their injuries proved to be fatal, and they were pronounced dead.

Police are still investigating the crash.


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Choosing a Good CT Wrongful Death Lawyer

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

If you have lost a loved one due to the negligent actions of another, choosing a good CT wrongful death lawyer will be one of the most important decisions you must make. The loss of a loved one can often leave your family with serious financial burdens due to lost earnings and benefits. In order to ensure your family is adequately provided for during this difficult time, you will want to work with a CT wrongful death lawyer who can accurately calculate the full extent of your damages and aggressively hold the negligent parties accountable.  Please contact Hastings, Cohen, & Walsh  today to schedule your free wrongful death consultation. We serve clients in Danbury, Waterbury, New Haven, Stamford, and Ridgefield, Connecticut.

There are several important factors to consider when choosing a wrongful death lawyer:

  • Experience handling wrongful death cases
  • Strong track record of success
  • Commitment to personalized attention

It is important to work with an attorney who has handled many wrongful death cases and who understands the complex laws which govern these cases in your state. You should also choose a wrongful death lawyer with a strong track record of success. This can be verified by viewing the attorney’s prior verdicts and settlements.

Most importantly, you want to choose a lawyer who truly cares about helping you and your family. Very few events can be more traumatic than losing a loved one. Your attorney should be sensitive to your loss and treat you with compassion throughout the entire process. You will also want to work with a wrongful death lawyer who is committed to being personally involved in your case from start to finish. If your lawyer is not going to handle all aspects of your case, ask about the qualifications of the people who will be assisting him.

The CT wrongful death attorneys at Hastings, Cohan & Walsh have more than 70 years of combined experience handling these complex claims. During that time, they have developed a strong track record of success, earning numerous peer-rated recognitions for excellence, including an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell, New England Super Lawyer recognition, Connecticut Super Lawyer recognition, and Million Dollar Advocates Forum.  Our attorneys are committed to providing you with the highly personalized attention your case deserves, and they will always be available to answer your questions and provide you with assistance.


CT Fatal Accident Attorney and CT Wrongful Death Lawyer

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

When a person is involved in an accident, that was caused by the fault of another and later dies, then the Estate of the deceased individual could have a claim for a CT wrongful death case. The family of the person who was killed in the accident suffers one of the most grievous losses that a family can endure. There are so many things that need to be done in such a situation that require immediate attention. It is therefore important that the family of the deceased consult with an experienced CT wrongful death attorney at the earliest possible moment so that your rights are protected, evidence can be gathered, witnesses interviewed and experts consulted and hired. Additionally, there are time limitations which require that certain action take place by a certain date or you will be forever barred from starting a lawsuit and collecting money damages.  Please contact Hastings, Cohen & Walsh today for a FREE consultation.

CT wrongful death statute can be found at Connecticut General Statute Section 52-555. Actions for injuries resulting in death which provides as follows:  (a) In any action surviving to or brought by an executor or administrator for injuries resulting in death, whether instantaneous or otherwise, such executor or administrator may recover from the party legally at fault for such injuries just damages together with the cost of reasonably necessary medical, hospital and nursing services, and including funeral expenses, provided no action shall be brought to recover such damages and disbursements but within two years from the date of death, and except that no such action may be brought more than five years from the date of the act or omission complained of.

Before you hire a CT wrongful death lawyer, speak to an insurance adjuster or sign any paperwork order a copy of our FREE book “The Crash Course on Personal Injury Claims in Connecticut” and read about what damages you are entitled to recover, what is involved in a wrongful death case and what you need to do and what you should never do. Put our almost 30 years of experience to work for you and find out what we can do to help you with your wrongful death case. Fill out our online form, visit our web site at www.hcwlaw.com or call our toll free number at (888) 842-8466. Don’t delay, get the information you need today!

Hit and Run Accident in Waterbury, CT Kills an Elderly Woman

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

Waterbury police reported that an elderly woman was killed in an early morning hit and run accident. At approximately 1:30am on Saturday, Nella Atkins, 90, was struck at the intersection of Highland and Bradley Avenues in Waterbury.

Atkins, who suffering from dementia, apparently left her home overnight and walked into the roadway. She was struck by a vehicle, which proceeded to flee the scene.

The victim was rushed by ambulance to Waterbury Hospital, where she was pronounced dead a short time later.

Fatal CT Motor Vehicle Accidents and the National Highway Traffic Safety Adminstration (NHTSA) Report on Traffic Deaths

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

A CT motor vehicle accident resulting in the death of an 
individual is devastating to the family of the innocent victim.  Any 
wrongful death claim must be investigated immediately so the rights of the
 survivors are protected. You need an experienced Connecticut wrongful death lawyer to 
help you through this most difficult time.  Find out what you need to be 
doing right away. Contact the lawyers at Hastings, Cohen, and Walsh today.

A recent 2012 The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) report estimates traffic deaths for the first quarter of 2012 have increased 13.5.  This estimate represents the second largest quarterly jump in traffic deaths since the NHTSA began maintaining quarterly statistics since 1975 and it represents the largest jump since 1979.

The NHTSA confirmed the rate of traffic deaths per 100 million mile traveled also increased substantially.  During the first quarter of 2012, the traffic death rate increased significantly from 0.98 fatalities per 100 million miles traveled during the first quarter of 2011 to 1.10 fatalities per 100 million miles traveled this year.

The NHTSA also estimates 7,630 people died in vehicles accidents in the first quarter of 2012 which is up from 6,720 such fatalities in 2011.

Do not retain an CT motor vehicle accident attorney, say anything to anyone from the insurance 
company or sign any type of documents until you read a copy of our FREE book
”The Crash Course on Personal Injury Claims in Connecticut”.  Learn what you
 need to do, how an injury case is developed, and how your important case will be managed.  Learn how 
cases are evaluated and what insurance adjusters look for before making
 offers of money or the injured party. Call us at (888) 842-8466 or visit online at   www.hcwlaw.com and tell us about your case.  Get the answers you need today!

Jury Selection To Begin in Case of Former Police Officer Accused of Killing a High School Student While Riding His Bicycle

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

Jury selection is to begin, this week in Hartford Superior Court, for the trial of a former police officer accused of crashing into high school sophomore Henry Dang who was killed while riding his bicycle in Windsor Locks. Michael Koistinen of Suffield a,  former police officer, is facing charges of first-degree manslaughter, misconduct with a motor vehicle, and tampering with evidence. The case stems from an October30, 2010, accident that killed the 15-year-old Dang. Former police officer Koistinen, 26, faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted of all three charges.

Police allege that Koistinen had been drinking for several hours, including while attending a UCONN football game and later at a Suffield bar, before he struck Dang at more than double the speed limit. One of the Windsor Locks officers who reported to the scene of the accident was Koistinen’s father, Sergeant Robert Koistinen.

A State Police investigation found that Sgt. Koistinen drove his son from the crash site to the police station and back as many as three times, and later prevented an investigating officer from interviewing and getting a blood sample from Michael Koistinen while he was receiving treatment at a hospital. Robert Koistinen was charged with hindering the investigation and awaits trial. Both of the parties were later fired from the Suffield police department.

The Defendant was not charged with drunken driving because a blood test was not done and because a urine sample taken at the hospital was destroyed, pursuant to hospital policy, before police obtained a search warrant for the Defendant’s medical records.

Henry Dang’s family settled the wrongful death lawsuit instituted against Michael Koistinen and a former tavern owner last year for $420,000.