Hit & Run Driver Kills My Brother And...

Hit & Run Driver Kills My Brother And Isn't In Jail Yet...

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Michael Smith

San Diego, CA

#1 Feb 4, 2008
Chronicle, The (Willimantic, CT)
January 31, 2008
Wrongful death suit filed after Mansfield fatal
Wrongful death suit filed after
Mansfield fatal
Chronicle Staff Writer
ROCKVILLE.-. The. father. of. a. man. killed. in. a. fatal. accident. has. filed. suit. against. the. driver. whose. vehicle. hit. the. man's. car. in. a. December. crash. at. the. intersection. of. routes. 195. and. 32. in. Mansfield.
Patrick.Smith,.39,.of.Spring. Hill. Road,.Storrs,.died.Dec..5.afte r. his. 1998.Saturn. SL1.was.struck. as.he. crossed. the. intersection. heading. west. on. Route. 32.
Smith's. father,. Robert. Smith,. of. Old. Springfield. Road,. Stafford. Springs,. filed. a. lawsuit. on. behalf. of. his. son's. estate. against. Wilfrid. Lebeau,. 63,. of. Beech. Mountain. Road,. Mansfield,. in. Rockville. Superior. Court. Jan.. 22.
Lebeau. hit. Patrick. Smith. in. his. 2005. Dodge. Dakota. pickup.. He. was. heading. north. on. Route. 195.
State. police. at. the. scene. of. the. accident. said. Lebeau. might. have. run. a. red. light..
Police. also. said. the. pickup. continued. moving. for. period. of. time. after. the. collision,. possibly. because. of. Lebeau's. medical. condition.
The. suit. alleges. Lebeau. was. traveling. unreasonably. fast. for. conditions,. speeding,. driving. recklessly. and. evaded. responsibility.
The. lawsuit.-. filed. by. Brian. Prucker. of. American. Legal. Services. in. Vernon.-. seeks. monetary. damages,. costs,. punitive. damages,. double. or. triple. damages. and. attorney. fees.
Prucker. said. Smith. is. survived. by. an. 11-year-old. son. and. his. parents.
He.said.that. in.a.wrongful. death. case,. Connecticut. takes. a. "coldblooded" . view. of. the. victim's. value,. which. is. determined. by. multiplying. their. remaining. life. expectancy. by. their. current. earnings.
According to Prucker, Patrick Smith has worked at Gerber Scientific for 20 years and, since Smith was still young, the monetary damages would be "fairly substantial. "
" In this case he didn't die instantly. When the defendant left the scene, he was still alive, according to the ambulance personnel," Prucker said.
He said the victim's suffering could add to the damages. "That would be a jury question," Prucker said.
Prucker said the family filed suit in part to gain access to information.
"There is no police report yet. There is no autopsy report yet because they're still investigatingthe criminal aspects of the case," he said. "We don't have a lot of answers that they may have."
Prucker said he has learned Lebeau's license was suspended by the state Department of Motor Vehicles, but he doesn't know why.
Robert Smith is suing Lebeau on two counts, his wife, Nancy Lebeau, who owned the car involved in the accident, and W.F. Lebeau Plumbing and Heating Inc. of Willimantic, because Lebeau was "operating the truck as the agent, servant or employee" of the company.
A fifth count is a common law recklessness complaint against Wilfrid Lebeau, Nancy Lebeau and Lebeau Plumbing and Heating.
Copyright 2007 The Chronicle Printing Company. All Rights Reserved.
For those of you who may have known my brother I invite you to visit his tribute website at
http://health. groups.yahoo. com/group/ justiceforpat/
Michael Smith
San Diego, CA
Michael Smith

Stafford Springs, CT

#2 Mar 12, 2008
So on top of destroying a life and rocking my families foundation I decided to relocate to Ct. to be here and assure there is justice for my brother. Mr. Lebeau, you will find I am a very stubborn person.
Michael Smith

Stafford Springs, CT

#3 Mar 14, 2008
So, what is a life worth???
http://www.de adlyro ads.com/sentence comparison2. html
Sentencing Comparison in Hit and Run Cases
What price a human life?
(this chart does not take into consideration many mitigating factors
that affect a judges or juries decision.
Informational only - discontinued 5/31/06)
NC Natalie Housand (k) 2004
involuntary manslaughter, hit and run-fail to stop for personal
injuries or death, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious
injury and felony death by vehicle 59 to 81 months in prison
Star News
MN Cory Allen Pierce (k) 2005
criminal vehicular homicide 21 months, 1 month served
Echo Press
PA Peter Roberto (k) 2004
vehicular homicide while driving under the influence, involuntary
manslaughter and leaving the scene of the accident 4 - 8 years in
Philadelphia Daily News
CA Dale Ellis Le Mere (k), Rudy Parra Carranza (k) 2005
2 counts of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated , hit-
and-run driving with injuries 18 years in prison
Union - Tribune
NY Zachary Click (k) 2005
leaving the scene of a fatal or serious personal injury accident 1
to 3 years in prison
PA Jacob Stoltzfus Smucker (k) 2006
homicide by vehicle, leaving the scene of the fatal accident and
driving with a suspended license 3 to 6 years in prison
Philadelphia Inquirer
MA Daryl Boddie (k) 2005
leaving the scene of a personal injury and death accident 2 -1/2
years in prison, 6 months susended, 5 years probation
Lowell Sun
FL Ray Barna (k) 2005
driving under the influence, manslaughter and failure to render aid
12 years in prison,
MO Rita Clark (k) 2003
leaving the scene of an accident 5 years probation, drive to work
and emergencies only, pay 10% of wages for length of probation to
familyof victim
News Leader
MA Daryl Boddie (k), Max Dean (i) 2005
leaving the scene of an accident causing death 2 1/2-years in jail,
6months suspended, 5 years probation
The Boston Channel
WA Gerald Reed (k) 2005
vehicular homicide, failure to remain at the scene of the accident
5 years and 1 month in jail
NJ Erika Mungen (k) 2005
leaving the scene of a fatal accident 3 years in prison
Cape May County Herald
PA Robert Dowd (k) 2005
vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of an accident 15 to 36
months in prison, 7 years of probation
Delco Times
CA (10-year-old girl and her grandmother) 2004
two counts of second-degree murder, driving under the influence and
hit and run 25 years to life in prison
NM Betty Jean Lockett (k) 2003
vehicular homicide 8 years in prison
The Pueblo Chieftain
SD Russell Dean Thompson Jr.(k) 2005
leaving the scene of criminal vehicular homicide. 4 years in prison
WI Ronald Tallon (k) 2005
homicide by negligent operation of a motor vehicle 5 years on
Baraboo News Republic
MA Thomas Brosnan (k) 2005
motor vehicle homicide, leaving the scene of injury or death and
driving without a license 2½ years, 1 year of direct jail
time ,balance suspende,. 4 years' probation , hundreds of hours of
community service
The Republican
NJ Ericka Mungen (k) 2005
leaving the scene of a fatal accident 3 years in prison
Press of Atlantic City
IA Joan Wilson (k) 2004
vehicular homicide, involuntary manslaughter , leaving the scene of
a personal injury accident 26 years in prison
Let The Dead Rest

Alpharetta, GA

#4 Mar 17, 2009
slanderer Michael Smith, judge jury and executioner.

there should be laws against slander
NJ Ericka Mungen

Decatur, AL

#5 Dec 24, 2009
Ericka's killer only served 18 months!!! She served more time defending the country he calls home and he kills her and gets a slap on the wrist. I hope you find justice for your brother and peace for yourself. My prayers are with you and your family.

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