For most, the summer before entering their senior year of high school is a relatively fun time filled with friends making lasting memories. These teenagers are enjoying the last year with their friends in their hometown before everyone goes their own way after graduation. Unfortunately, one high school in Connecticut is coping with the death of a popular young teenager after a fatal car accident that happened just before she was set to enter her senior year of high school.
The accident occurred after midnight in early August. Residents in the area of the accident report being awakened by a loud noise in the middle of the night. Police report that driver of a pickup truck the 17-year-old teen was a passenger in lost control. The truck exited the road and crashed into a tree.
The truck had two passengers other than the deceased teenager and driver. The driver suffered a broken arm, but the other passengers survived. At this time, it is unclear what caused the driver to lose control of his vehicle. Police continue to investigate the accident.
This Connecticut community is devastated and shocked by the tragic loss of such a young resident. A vigil held soon after the fatal car accident was attended by over 100 people and was a testament to the impact of this young girl’s death. Unfortunately, the parents of the teenager, in addition to their grief over their daughter’s death, will also have to cope with the unexpected cost of her funeral. However, if they can prove that the driver’s negligence caused the death of their daughter, a civil court could order a financial award on behalf of the teenager in order to deal with the unexpected financial burden created by her death.
Source: wtnh.com, “Teen killed in Hebron crash,” Stephanie Simoni, Aug. 6, 2013