$1.23 Million Settlement for Family of Teen Killed in Car Crash

Vehicle carrying teen brothers strikes tree; one killed

Published: April 20th, 2011

A 17-year-old male was a rear-seat passenger in a motor vehicle driven by a friend, returning from a snowboarding outing in Vermont. The driver lost control of the vehicle, swerved off the road and crashed into a tree. The teenage passenger suffered severe head trauma and died almost instantly.

The decedent was survived by his two parents and his twin brother, who was seated next to him in the vehicle at the time of the crash and suffered lacerations and soft tissue injuries. Following an unsuccessful mediation, the wrongful death case settled shortly after suit was filed. A bodily injury claim for the surviving brother settled for $30,000 before suit.

Action: Motor vehicle negligence

Injuries alleged: Death

Name of case: Withheld

Court/case no.: Withheld

Jury and/or judge: N/A (settled)

Amount: $1.23 million

Date: January 18, 2011

Attorneys: Ralph F. Sbrogna and Roger J. Brunelle, Brunelle & Donius, Worcester (for the plaintiff)

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