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Waterbury – Settlement In Fatal Crash

The estate of a woman killed in an accident in Waterbury just agreed to a settlement of $1 million.

In June 2017, then 25-year-old Samantha Mallette was riding a 2005 Mazda, with her grandmother Katherine Wadman as the driver, when their vehicle was struck by a pickup truck at an intersection on Route 73. The truck hit the passenger side of the Mazda and killed both Mallette and Wadman. Zachary Lessard, the driver of the pickup truck, was later arrested and charged with negligent homicide with a motor vehicle. Mallette’s estate declined to move forward with the homicide case against Lessard and instead pursued an insurance claim against Lessard’s vehicle. According to attorneys for the plaintiff, Lessard was overspeeding when the crash occurred. The settlement was signed last Monday and should be disbursed to Mallette’s estate by the end of the year.

This case is noteworthy because it describes many of the factors that surround road accidents resulting in fatalities. In this case, the plaintiff did not pursue the negligent homicide charge, claiming it wasn’t acting out of vengeance. Other cases would likely present other circumstances, but the goals would be similar: seeking justice, coping, and eventually finding closure.

If you or someone you care about was injured in an accident, you may need help navigating the complex challenges of paying for your medical bills, recouping your lost wages, and regaining your quality of life. The Connecticut attorneys with Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers can help you through this process, working to hold the responsible party accountable for the pain and suffering you have had to endure. Call 800-PERKINS for a free consultation with a lawyer today.

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