Family of man killed while riding wheelchair plans lawsuit

Investigators on the scene where a man in a motorized wheelchair was struck by a car Wednesday (WTNH / Tina Detelj)


STONINGTON, Conn. (AP) — The daughter of a Connecticut man struck and killed by a car as he operated his motorized wheelchair along U.S. Route 1 in Stonington intends to sue the town.

The Day of New London reports that in a notice of intent to sue, Raymond Lanphere’s daughter says her father was forced into the road because the sidewalks were in serious disrepair.

Related: Stonington man dies after being struck by car

The notice says the sidewalk is uneven and pitted and one area had a dirt depression, making it impossible for Lanphere to travel in his wheelchair.

The 77-year-old Lanphere was struck May 25. He died at the hospital. The driver who struck him was not charged.

Related: Route One reopened in Stonington after man struck by car

First Selectman Rob Simmons said the town is sorry for what happened to Lanphere but does not bear responsibility.

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Information from: The Day, http://www.theday.com

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