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Routine walk leads to fatal accident for New Haven woman

They say that most accidents happen less than a mile from home; sadly, that was the case for an 81-year-old New Haven woman. She died on the morning of Oct. 30 after she was hit by a car while crossing an intersection.

The fatal accident happened at the intersection of Greene and Olive Streets, just a few steps away from the Wooster Square apartment the victim shared with her daughter. The woman was crossing the street - presumably to buy a newspaper - when she was struck by a blue Audi. The driver, a female, stopped after the crash occurred and remained at the scene until help could arrive.

The woman, who never learned to drive, walked everywhere. She grew up in the neighborhood and enjoyed everything it had to offer, especially movies. It is unknown if a lawsuit will be filed or if the driver will face any charges. The driver does have a lawyer.

It is possible that a wrongful death lawsuit could be filed by the family. Can negligence be proved? Who had the right of way? Was there a reason - such as distracted driving - why the driver did not see the woman crossing the road? These are questions that will need to be answered if the case were to proceed to court.

Unfortunately, pedestrian and bicycle accidents are a reality when motor vehicles are present. There are, however, legal remedies available for those injured or killed in these types of accidents. If negligence can be proved, then the victim may be able to receive compensation for damages.

Source: New Haven Register, "New Haven woman dies after being hit by car near her Wooster Square home," Evan Lips, Oct. 30, 2014

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