The family of David Plamondon, a 20-year-old University of Connecticut student who died after being hit by a UConn shuttle bus last March, has filed a lawsuit against the driver of the bus, 21-year-old Lukasz Gilewski, reports the Hartford Courant. Legal loans are available as a source of funding for those undertaking litigation related to car accidents.
According to an arrest warrant, Gilewski, also a student at the university, was making a left turn while driving the bus on the UConn campus when he hit Plamondon, who was crossing the street in a crosswalk, the Courant reports. A passenger on the bus told police Gilewski waved at the driver of a passing shuttle bus just before the accident occurred. Gilewski confirmed he made eye contact with the other driver, and when he looked back at the road, it was too late to avoid hitting Plamondon.
A police investigation determined Gilewski was not talking on his cell phone at the time of the collision, the Courant reports, nor was he drunk or on drugs. The news source says the Plamondon family lawyer, Michael Walsh, filed a civil lawsuit right after Gilewski was arraigned on charges of negligent homicide and failure to yield.
National Highway Traffic Safety Board data shows 26 pedestrians were killed in car accidents in Connecticut in 2009.