On January 5, 2023, a fatal wrong-way crash involving a Connecticut state legislator occurred. Let’s explore the details of the news with Ehline Law and our personal injury attorneys.
According to the New York Times, Democratic Representative Quentin Williams was heading on Route 9 in Cromwell when he suffered a fatal accident near the exit 18 entrance ramp.
A 27-year-old Kimede Katie Mustafaj was driving on the wrong side of the highway when he smashed into Williams’ car, causing the vehicle to burst into flames. The Connecticut State Police reported the death of both drivers at the accident scene.
According to the chief medical officer, Williams suffered blunt impact injuries to the head and torso leading to his death.
Democratic Representative Quentin Williams, nicknamed Q, had a special connection with the community and was part of several charities and organizations.
He helped motivate the children in Middletown and State Capitol and assisted in the local theatre whenever needed.
Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont directed lowering the state flag as a sign of mourning.
Quentin “Q” Williams began his career at Planning and Zoning Commission before taking place as the city treasurer.
In 2018, Williams became part of the Connecticut General Assembly, and before the crash, he was sworn in for his third term. The accident occurred on his way home from the governor’s inaugural ball.
House Majority Leader Jason Rojas released a statement speaking highly of representative Williams, stating that he was an amazing human being and an amazing husband and that losing such a person is a terrible tragedy.
Matt Ritter, Speaker of the Connecticut House of Representatives, expressed his grief, stating that he is incredibly saddened as he lost a dear friend. Governor Lamont spoke highly of Williams’s infectiously optimistic personality.
In honor of Quentin Williams, Sen. Matt Lesser (D-Middletown), spokesperson of Q’s family, announced a community vigil that was held on Friday at 7 PM in South Green in Middletown. Capitol and Legislative Office Building remained closed until Monday.
Surviving family members can bring a wrongful death lawsuit against the negligent party. In this case, Williams’s wife, Carrissa, may be able to pursue legal action against the at-fault party for the death of her husband.
In the “Lawmaker dies in fiery wrong-way crash” incident, it is possible that the at-fault party could be Kimede Katie Mustafaj, the driver who drove in the opposite direction on the highway resulting in the wrong-way crash.
However, there is a complication in this case, as the possible at-fault driver died in the accident. Surviving family members may still be able to pursue compensation to recover damages, but the legal process differs.
In most cases, the deceased at-fault driver’s estate may need to pass through the probate process before the surviving family members(Carrissa) can bring a wrongful death action.
During the probate process, the court will allow payments for debts and distribution of inheritance to applicable family members. Carissa can become a potential creditor, and the estate must pay out if she wins the wrongful death claim.
The legal process can become complicated when the at-fault party dies in an accident alongside your loved one. Speaking to an experienced personal injury attorney for legal representation is crucial.
If you lost a loved one in an accident due to another’s negligence, contact us at (833) LETS-SUE for a free consultation, as you may be eligible for compensation.
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