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Family of deceased 3-year-old files wrongful death suit

On February 27, 2009, a New Jersey mother took her 5- and 3-year-old children to see Disney on Ice at the Sovereign Bank Arena (now the Sun National Bank Center) in Mercer County, expecting a night of fun with her family. However, the night turned tragic before it began: a nearby accident took the life of her 3-year-old daughter as the family was walking toward the arena. Now, almost two years later, the mother has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the arena, Mercer County, the city of Trenton, the state of New Jersey, and other parties allegedly responsible for her daughter's death.

According to the lawsuit, the mother and her children were crossing Route 129 from a public parking lot on their way to the arena when they stopped in a median and waited for traffic to clear. Suddenly, a fire truck with its sirens on made a u-turn in a nearby intersection, striking a pickup truck in the process. The pickup was propelled onto the median, hitting the family and causing fatal injuries to the 3-year-old girl.

The lawsuit alleges that several parties, including the city, county, state and arena, failed to provide safe access to the arena from the designated public parking lot across Route 129. It also claims that both the pickup and fire truck driver, as well as two Trenton police officers who were managing pedestrian traffic on the day of the pedestrian accident, acted negligently and carelessly.

The mother is seeking compensatory damages for her alleged emotional pain and suffering in connection with her daughter's death, which her attorney says would be a justifiable award. "Can you imagine that one minute you're holding your child's hand waiting to cross the street and the next minute she's lying dead across the street?," the attorney asked. "Can you imagine the horror of that?"

If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident, please contact Breslin & Breslin for a free consultation.

Source: The Times, "Family of 3-year-old Trenton girl struck, killed outside Disney on Ice show files suit against Mercer County, arena", Lisa Coryell, 2 February 2011

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