Family of couple killed by falling tr...

Family of couple killed by falling tree limb sue state

There are 90 comments on the WTNH Hartford, New Haven and Connecticut story from Jun 11, 2008, titled Family of couple killed by falling tree limb sue state. In it, WTNH Hartford, New Haven and Connecticut reports that:

The family of a couple killed by a tree limb on the Merritt Parkway last year has filed a $15 million claim against the state.

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This is Ridiculous

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#1 Jun 11, 2008
I can't believe the State would be at fault. How can te State be responsible for a tree falling?. Nature happens and that is all there is to it. Why not just have the State cut down all the trees along the parkway, then there would be no beauty for us all to see. I lived in CT most of my life, but moved to SC five years ago. I miss the beauty of those areas. It's people and lawyers like you who take up the courts time and the tax payers who pay for it.
kim

Andover, CT

#2 Jun 11, 2008
personally I think it's ridiculous. How can you predict when and where a tree or part of a tree will fall. If you want to look at it that way you could say they shouldn't have been driving in the storm because that can be potentially dangerous
amazed

Naugatuck, CT

#3 Jun 11, 2008
This is Ridiculous wrote:
I can't believe the State would be at fault. How can te State be responsible for a tree falling?. Nature happens and that is all there is to it. Why not just have the State cut down all the trees along the parkway, then there would be no beauty for us all to see. I lived in CT most of my life, but moved to SC five years ago. I miss the beauty of those areas. It's people and lawyers like you who take up the courts time and the tax payers who pay for it.
this is NOT ridiculous. if this were your family, i'll bet you would sue too, as would i.

the trees should be cut back to a point where they pose no reasonable risk to the public. at least 20ft from the roadway and none in the median at all. for beauty, plant low-growing shrubs (rhododendron, mountain laurel, etc.) and wildflowers to minimize stupid, wasteful, costly, and dangerous mowing of these areas.

having trees lean over the road is just asking for trouble and here it is. and this was not the only case of people being killed recently like this.

jodi should check what the dot has done about it in the meantime? virtually nothing. every time i travel the pkwy in the stratford-bpt-ffld area alone, i am amazed at the number of trees that look like they are still waiting to fall. if i can see them, why can't the dot?

tree-lined roads are a lovely idea but not when people are travelling at 60mph and more. there are smarter and safer ways to beautify the pkwy and not kill people.
Think about it

Newington, CT

#4 Jun 11, 2008
Sue God he did everything
meee

Bay Shore, NY

#5 Jun 11, 2008
Jodi always seems to do things AFTER something horrible happens.
Beacon Falls

Mansfield, TX

#6 Jun 11, 2008
Think about it wrote:
Sue God he did everything
You're right! But if the tree fell just short of the SUV and didn't kill them, it would have been called a "miracle." But since it did kill them, nothing is mentioned about religion (what about so-called God's will?) This is a sham and religion is a sham (a good, tax-free money-making one).
Karen

East Hampton, CT

#7 Jun 11, 2008
I drive everyday in many parts of the state. I don't have to use the Merritt much, but in the other areas, I do see trees being trimmed and lots of lane closures for mowing. There are a few trees that I pass that make me a bit uncomfortable.
Reality 101

Danbury, CT

#8 Jun 11, 2008
Amazed wrote- "if this were your family, i'll bet you would sue too, as would i."
That is the problem with society. Perhaps you should move to NYC or another concrete jungle where there are very few trees that might fall on you. It appears you would have the DOT clear cut the sides of the highways "just in case". What do you do with all the trees 20 ft from the highway that 40- 50 ft tall- cut all those down as well? While I feel for the children this could have happened anywhere. What if they had been driving through a state forest and a large tree fell on the car-should we clear cut the forest too? People need to get a grip. This type of accident does happen, and it is simply that- an accident. I would gladly contribute to a charitable fund set up for the children's education, but a 15 million dollar lawsuit for an accident?
this country is sue happy

Edison, NJ

#9 Jun 11, 2008
you just can't please anyone- It is a tragedy what happened, but a tree falling is just something that happens. If a tree falls in your yard and hits your house do you sue yourself because it should have been trimmed??? I think the trees allong the parkway are absolutely beautiful and make the drive down it so peaceful. and if you cut down all the trees then people will be suing cause they wrecked their car hitting a deer because the trees are gone. Is there anything people won't sue for??? I'm sorry the people died and I'm sorry their children witnessed it but seriously- it's not the states fault
Mia

Plainville, CT

#10 Jun 11, 2008
What if the tree fell on them in their own yard? Would they still sue the State? It's a tragic shame that this happened but putting blame on the State is wrong. Trees are beautiful but if they pose a threat when driving etc., they should be trimmed back or taken down, I agree with that logic but suing for every little mishap that happens to a person is getting out of hands. I'm sorry for their lost as I would be just as sad if this happened in my own family but let's be realistic too.
sbl

Morristown, NJ

#11 Jun 11, 2008
amazed wrote:
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this is NOT ridiculous. if this were your family, i'll bet you would sue too, as would i.
And it's garbage like you, along with your garbage lawyers that are ruining this county. Go to the Middle East if you don't like it here. Sue-happy a**wipes.

Do you honestly think the State should be responsible for EVERY tree on the side of EVERY road in CT? Come on, you're dreaming.

If this family thinks the State is negligent for allowing this one branch to remain on the tree, then this family is also negligent for driving around in such a bad storm. People think they are invincible and when they are proven wrong, well then it's always someone else's fault.

Pathetic.
CT Lifer - I hope

United States

#12 Jun 11, 2008
I certainly understand the grief of the family and I think most of these cases are a way for them to process that pain, but it MUST STOP! Ideally, such cases would be haulted simply by the attorneys - sworn officers of our court system - having the backbone to tell them that the case is baseless. But no....few of them are willing to walk away from a potential pay day or headline so these cases are only limited by their creativity (or insanity). I think our legal system should end it's days of being self-monitored, and a panel be selected to review the practices of attorneys and judges in our state to determine who's filing the most rediculous, time wasting cases. Maybe if these ambulance chasers knew that they were putting their license on the line with these types of cases, they'd think twice before supporting it.
Appalled

Wolcott, CT

#13 Jun 11, 2008
amazed wrote:
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this is NOT ridiculous. if this were your family, i'll bet you would sue too, as would i.
the trees should be cut back to a point where they pose no reasonable risk to the public. at least 20ft from the roadway and none in the median at all. for beauty, plant low-growing shrubs (rhododendron, mountain laurel, etc.) and wildflowers to minimize stupid, wasteful, costly, and dangerous mowing of these areas.
having trees lean over the road is just asking for trouble and here it is. and this was not the only case of people being killed recently like this.
jodi should check what the dot has done about it in the meantime? virtually nothing. every time i travel the pkwy in the stratford-bpt-ffld area alone, i am amazed at the number of trees that look like they are still waiting to fall. if i can see them, why can't the dot?
tree-lined roads are a lovely idea but not when people are travelling at 60mph and more. there are smarter and safer ways to beautify the pkwy and not kill people.
Yes, it is ridiculous. To win a lawsuit against the State of CT, you have to prove that the state had advanced notice that the tree was going to fall and the State had resonable notice to clear the tree before it fell, then they are at fault. It has to be proven that the state was 100% at fault. If the state had no knowledge that the tree was going to fall, how are they supposed to be at fault? What do you expect, the state to inspect every single tree along every single stretch of state road? That is completely nuts. It's the same as saying if anyone had a tree fall on their car last night because of the thunderstorms, they are allowed to sue the towns they live in because the town should have know that there was going to be a storm last night and should have cut down all the tree limbs hanging over every car, and should have removed any tree that MIGHT fall on a car or house.
We wouldn't have any trees left. This is a frivoulous lawsuit and should be thrown out.
bennor

Branford, CT

#14 Jun 11, 2008
amazed wrote:
this is NOT ridiculous. if this were your family, i'll bet you would sue too, as would i.
And that line of thinking is why we have a nanny state (shortly to become a big brother state) and why our court systems are clogged with frivolous lawsuits. Nature happens. Don't like nature than go live in a big city. Would these same family members sue the town/state if they were struck by lightning?
amazed wrote:
the trees should be cut back to a point where they pose no reasonable risk to the public. at least 20ft from the roadway and none in the median at all. for beauty, plant low-growing shrubs (rhododendron, mountain laurel, etc.) and wildflowers to minimize stupid, wasteful, costly, and dangerous mowing of these areas.
If you cut back trees to the point they are not overhanging the roadway (because trees have branches you know) you'd end up with a roadway like I95, I84 or I91. By removing the trees you loose one essential element that makes the Parkway what it is.
amazed

Naugatuck, CT

#15 Jun 11, 2008
o.k. skip the lawsuit.

just monitor the effin trees that are ABOUT to fall and/or replace them with shrubs.

be careful what you wish for, a tree may fall on you. i say, why take a chance.
amazed

Naugatuck, CT

#16 Jun 11, 2008
Reality 101 wrote:
Amazed wrote- "if this were your family, i'll bet you would sue too, as would i."

It appears you would have the DOT clear cut the sides of the highways "just in case".
did i say THAT?
amazed

Naugatuck, CT

#17 Jun 11, 2008
bennor wrote:
<quoted text>
And that line of thinking is why we have a nanny state (shortly to become a big brother state) and why our court systems are clogged with frivolous lawsuits. Nature happens. Don't like nature than go live in a big city. Would these same family members sue the town/state if they were struck by lightning?
<quoted text>
If you cut back trees to the point they are not overhanging the roadway (because trees have branches you know) you'd end up with a roadway like I95, I84 or I91. By removing the trees you loose one essential element that makes the Parkway what it is.
plant S-H-R-U-B-S!
amazed

Naugatuck, CT

#18 Jun 11, 2008
sbl wrote:
<quoted text>
And it's garbage like you. Pathetic...
these forums are for people who wish to discourse civilly. your epithets ought to make you ineligible.
wake up

Trumbull, CT

#19 Jun 11, 2008
Let cut back the trees on all city and town roads too.It's called an act of God. Just because something bad happens does not mean that someones always to blame.
amazed wrote:
<quoted text>
this is NOT ridiculous. if this were your family, i'll bet you would sue too, as would i.
the trees should be cut back to a point where they pose no reasonable risk to the public. at least 20ft from the roadway and none in the median at all. for beauty, plant low-growing shrubs (rhododendron, mountain laurel, etc.) and wildflowers to minimize stupid, wasteful, costly, and dangerous mowing of these areas.
having trees lean over the road is just asking for trouble and here it is. and this was not the only case of people being killed recently like this.
jodi should check what the dot has done about it in the meantime? virtually nothing. every time i travel the pkwy in the stratford-bpt-ffld area alone, i am amazed at the number of trees that look like they are still waiting to fall. if i can see them, why can't the dot?
tree-lined roads are a lovely idea but not when people are travelling at 60mph and more. there are smarter and safer ways to beautify the pkwy and not kill people.
amazed

Naugatuck, CT

#20 Jun 11, 2008
kim wrote:
personally I think it's ridiculous. How can you predict when and where a tree or part of a tree will fall. If you want to look at it that way you could say they shouldn't have been driving in the storm because that can be potentially dangerous
one good way to predict if a tree is going to fall and going to possibly kill someone is to observe that it is leaning across the road on a 45 degree angle.

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