Case Conclusion Date: August 12, 2010
Practice Area: Wrongful Death
Outcome: Settlement of $742,500.00
Description: On January 13, 2007 at 2:54 a.m., William C., age 33, a married father of two, was a passenger in a vehicle operated by his 26 year old cousin. William and his cousin were traveling east on I-84 in East Hartford, Connecticut when a vehicle operated by a twenty year old woman was traveling in the wrong direction. The vehicles hit head-on, causing the vehicle William was traveling in to catch fire. The vehicle was quickly engulfed in flames and both William and his cousin were killed. Blood tests revealed that the woman was operating her vehicle under the influence of alcohol and narcotics. She was ultimately convicted of two counts of negligent homicide. At first, it appeared that only minimal insurance coverage was available. The William C. Estate collected policy limits of $20,000 for the vehicle the woman was operating, and $40,000 from the Estate of William C.’s cousin, the owner of the vehicle in which William was a passenger. Through the use of their private investigator, Attorneys Kopsick and Willis determined where the woman purchased the alcohol she consumed the night of the accident. The Estate filed a claim against the package store for “negligence per se” as the sale of alcohol to a minor violated a specific Connecticut statute. Through a methodical approach to building William’s case, a settlement was achieved in July 2010 for a total of $742,500, with the Estate of William C. receiving $424,375 and the Estate of William’s cousin receiving $318,125.