State agrees to pay $6.5M to estate of couple killed by tree

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The state of Connecticut has agreed to pay $6.25 million to the estate of a couple killed more than a decade ago when a tree limb fell on their car.The Hartford Courant reports that a settlement agreement of a pending lawsuit against the state was filed Tuesday with the General Assembly by the state attorney general.Related: Trial to be held 10 years after Connecticut parkway deaths

It was signed by state lawyers and lawyers for the sons of Dr. Joseph Stavola and his wife, attorney Jeanne Serocke-Stavola, killed June 9, 2007, when a limb fell on their vehicle on the Merritt Parkway in Westport. Their sons, 9 and 7 at the time, were in the back seat.

The legislature can now endorse the settlement; reject it; or do nothing, which would result in its automatic approval after 30 days.


Information from: Hartford Courant,

WTNH NEWS8 provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Also, you can now block any inappropriate user by simple selecting the drop down menu on the right of any comment and selection "Block User" from there.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s