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Children of 72-Year-Old Woman File Wrongful Death Suit against City


According to MassLive, the children of 72-year-old Janet Graham who was hit and killed in a traffic incident in 2014 have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the City of Worcester, Massachusetts.

Lawsuit Claims $3 Million in Damages

Janet R. Graham was walking across Lincoln Street, which did not have a designated crosswalk due to construction nearby, when she was struck by the car of Joyce M. Annetts. Graham would die of injuries sustained in the collision. Annetts was found responsible for failing to slow down, according to MassLive, but was not charged with motor vehicle homicide by driving negligently.

The wrongful death lawsuit claims that Annetts had sufficient amount of time to react and to avoid hitting Graham. In addition, the lawsuit alleges that the construction company did not have proper signage and safety measures in place while performing construction, reports MassLive.

Co-defendants include:

  • H. Lynch & Sons, a company that was doing roadwork on the street where Graham was struck
  • Joyce M. Annetts, the woman who was driving the car that hit Graham
  • Ann L. Parkinson, the owner of the car Annetts was driving

The City of Worcester has denied liability, according to MassLive.

Pedestrian Motor Vehicle Crash Statistics

The following information is provided by the National Highway traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

  • In 2014, there were 4,884 pedestrians killed and an estimated 65,000 injured in traffic crashes.
  • On average, a pedestrian was killed every 2 hours and injured every 8 minutes in traffic crashes.
  • In 2014, 15 percent of all traffic fatalities and an estimated 3 percent of those injured in traffic crashes were pedestrians.
  • More pedestrian fatalities occurred at non-intersections (71%) than at intersections (19%).
  • More pedestrian fatalities occurred in urban areas (78%) than rural areas (22%).

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