DOT Loses $6.72M Verdict
by Staff | Jul 30, 2012 3:24 pm
Posted to: Legal Writes
A New Haven jury stuck the state Department of Transportation (DOT) with a $6.72 million penalty after it found the agency partially responsible for an I-95 crash that killed a 26-year-old man from the Hill neighborhood and catastrophically injured another.
The jury, sitting in state Superior Court, reached the verdict Monday.
It found that the DOT bore 30 percent of the liability for the accident because one its workers “negligently” parked a truck in a travel lane near an exit in Orange while in the course of picking up debris. That led to a collision between a driver from Texas named David Tremper and a semi-truck driver named William Clifford. The jury found the semi-truck driver 70 percent responsible for the crash.
The crash occurred at 7 a.m. on Sept. 2, 2008, near Exit 41. It killed Modesto Palafox-Munoz, 26, who lived on Howard Avenue in New Haven.
The state prosecuted Clifford, the semi-truck driver. But a jury in 2010 found Clifford not guilty. (Read about that here.)
New Haven attorney Tim Pothin represented Tremper in the latest case, which was tried before Judge Robin Wilson.