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bdw

Bristol, CT

#1 Nov 22, 2008
Suit filed in triple fatality Mother of young driver places blame elsewhere

BY ANDREW LARSON REPUBLICAN-AMERICAN
WOLCOTT The mother of Anthony Apruzzese, who police say caused a car crash last year that killed himself and two passengers, is suing the driver of one of the vehicles he hit.

Anthony was speeding on East Street near Farmingbury Hills Golf Course on Oct. 4, 2007, when he lost control of his Subaru WRX and crashed into a truck. Anthony, who was 17, his younger sister, Jessica, and her friend, Thamara Correa, were all killed. All of them were students at Wolcott High School.

Moments before the crash, a southbound Chevrolet Silverado towing a ski boat turned left into the golf course parking lot. Anthony's northbound Subaru clipped the end of the boat, skidded into the opposing traffic lane and was smashed by an oncoming utility truck.

The driver of the Silverado was Richard Benecick of Bristol. He was towing a boat to his employer's headquarters in South Windsor after it had undergone repairs. Benecick and his employer, A&S Boats, are the two defendants in the case.

The lawsuit blames Benecick for the collision that caused Anthony and Jessica's deaths. Thamara Correa isn't included in the lawsuit.

Benecick made the left turn "suddenly and without warning," according to the lawsuit. It goes on to say that he failed to look out for other vehicles on the road and failed to take precautions to avoid the collision, such as sounding his horn or swerving out of the way.

Anthony and Jessica's mother, Donna Jenner, seeks more than $15,000 in damages.

An attorney from the firm representing Benecick and his employer said Jenner's case lacks merit.

"All of the evidence we have indicates that the cause of the accident is the excessive speed of the Apruzzese vehicle," said Chris Lynch, an attorney with the Hartford firm Halloran & Sage.

Police agree that Benecick wasn't at fault.

"Our accident reconstruction team found the contributing factor was the speed of Anthony's vehicle," said Wolcott Police Capt. Domenic Angiolillo. "If he was going the speed limit, he would have seen (the vehicle Benecick was driving)."

The lawsuit was filed Sept. 25. Court documents show that the defendants' attorney requested Anthony's driving and medical records. That request was denied by Jenner's attorney.

The attorneys have yet to resolve the dispute or ask a judge to rule on it. The latest motion is a request for a jury trial filed by the defendants.

Just months before the crash, Anthony was under the influence of alcohol when he crashed his Honda Prelude into a tree near Beecher Road in Wolcott, according to court documents. The impact split the car in two. Anthony and his passenger had serious injuries but survived.

Benecick is a longtime employee of A&S Boats and had experience towing boats before the accident occurred, Lynch said.

"He has an absolutely clean driving record," he added.
She is NUTS

Minneapolis, MN

#3 Nov 24, 2008
Are you kidding me? Shw is suing the driver of the pickup, for not geting out of the way fast enough so her precious speed demon son could drive like a lunatick? Good luck!
Yet Another Wolcott Mom

Danbury, CT

#4 Nov 25, 2008
yup...you read right...it doesn't matter that he was going twice the speed limit and couldn't slow down in time. It amazes me that any parent could be ballsy enough to try and point the finger at the person he hit instead of realizing that she's to blame for him being on the road time and time again after every crash he caused. I guess accepting his fault would mean accepting hers. She's lucky I'm not her friend or we probably wouldn't be friends any longer...I'd tell her she doesn't know what the hell she's talking about.
saddened

Costa Mesa, CA

#5 Dec 8, 2008
Yet Another Wolcott Mom wrote:
yup...you read right...it doesn't matter that he was going twice the speed limit and couldn't slow down in time. It amazes me that any parent could be ballsy enough to try and point the finger at the person he hit instead of realizing that she's to blame for him being on the road time and time again after every crash he caused. I guess accepting his fault would mean accepting hers. She's lucky I'm not her friend or we probably wouldn't be friends any longer...I'd tell her she doesn't know what the hell she's talking about.
I see no one has left a comment regarding Thamara's family filing the identical lawsuit against the driver of the boat trailer. Maybe if you don't have ALL the facts, you shouldn't comment at all.
saddened

Costa Mesa, CA

#6 Dec 8, 2008
Yet Another Wolcott Mom wrote:
yup...you read right...it doesn't matter that he was going twice the speed limit and couldn't slow down in time. It amazes me that any parent could be ballsy enough to try and point the finger at the person he hit instead of realizing that she's to blame for him being on the road time and time again after every crash he caused. I guess accepting his fault would mean accepting hers. She's lucky I'm not her friend or we probably wouldn't be friends any longer...I'd tell her she doesn't know what the hell she's talking about.
...and for the record, he was NOT going TWICE the speed limit. He was going 59 in a 40mph zone. just another FACT. I'm quite sure you've NEVER done that.
Yet Another Wolcott Mom

Danbury, CT

#7 Dec 9, 2008
saddened wrote:
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...and for the record, he was NOT going TWICE the speed limit. He was going 59 in a 40mph zone. just another FACT. I'm quite sure you've NEVER done that.
Whether or not I've done 59mph in a 40mph zone isn't the subject...I'm still here. I didn't cause an crash...I didn't cause the death of two others...see the difference?? and saying that he was going 59mph in a 40mph zone isn't making him look any better, but immature ignorance I guess makes you think it does. excuses is what caused all this...if reality was faced long ago, it never would have happened.
Yet Another Wolcott Mom

Danbury, CT

#8 Dec 9, 2008
saddened wrote:
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I see no one has left a comment regarding Thamara's family filing the identical lawsuit against the driver of the boat trailer. Maybe if you don't have ALL the facts, you shouldn't comment at all.
I guess we're all still in shock that Tham's family is suing the WRONG PARTY! All of the people who aren't in denial know who Tham's family should be suing...hopefully they'll realize that and follow up this lawsuit with the correct lawsuit. what do they have to lose at this point? nothing. We have the facts...That family lost an innocent daughter who was a passenger...they aren't the ones on here defending their child who was the guilty repeat offender driver who took lives that day...theres a huge difference.
Fed up with excuses

East Meadow, NY

#9 Dec 29, 2008
This mother is deplorable...she should be suing herself before anyone else. She and the father are to blame for giving this delinquent another car after he totalled one. These people are disgusting and Tham's family should sue them, she is the only innocent here.
saddened

Costa Mesa, CA

#10 Dec 30, 2008
Yet Another Wolcott Mom wrote:
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Whether or not I've done 59mph in a 40mph zone isn't the subject...I'm still here. I didn't cause an crash...I didn't cause the death of two others...see the difference?? and saying that he was going 59mph in a 40mph zone isn't making him look any better, but immature ignorance I guess makes you think it does. excuses is what caused all this...if reality was faced long ago, it never would have happened.
I am neither immature, nor ignorant. You however, seem to have way too much time on your hands. My point is that there is contributory negligence on both sides of this coin. Yes Anthony was speeding and yes I believe he never should have been given another car after proving over and over that he was not capable of handling it maturely, my point is that when a driver making a left hand turn in front of another causes a crash, that driver is at fault for failing to grant the right of way, that is just a fact. However, due to Anthony's speed, I believe there is contributory negligence on his part as well. I believe they are both at fault. The reconstruction team found that the boat trailer never applied his brakes before turning in front of Anthony's car (which wasn't going 80 mph as you suggested). There are other points of view besides yours. Yours are EVERYWHERE regarding this matter and are all one-sided.
Yet Another Wolcott Mom

Danbury, CT

#11 Jan 1, 2009
saddened wrote:
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I am neither immature, nor ignorant. You however, seem to have way too much time on your hands. My point is that there is contributory negligence on both sides of this coin. Yes Anthony was speeding and yes I believe he never should have been given another car after proving over and over that he was not capable of handling it maturely, my point is that when a driver making a left hand turn in front of another causes a crash, that driver is at fault for failing to grant the right of way, that is just a fact. However, due to Anthony's speed, I believe there is contributory negligence on his part as well. I believe they are both at fault. The reconstruction team found that the boat trailer never applied his brakes before turning in front of Anthony's car (which wasn't going 80 mph as you suggested). There are other points of view besides yours. Yours are EVERYWHERE regarding this matter and are all one-sided.
Yes...everything I say is one sided...because I'm on the side of the innocent people here not the negligent and guilty...
Kris in Watertown

Bronx, NY

#12 Jan 2, 2009
I think that none of us are perfect parents. You can think that you would have done something different or better than these parents have, do you think that they wanted both of their children dead? in addition to the guilt they feel about the other child. You all need to think about some of the choices you have made as parents. Have you ever let them go with someone that you had apprehensions about? ever let them just go rent a movie during a snowstorm? Anything that maybe could have ended badly and you would have felt responsible for as a parent giving in to a childs pleads? They were all kids and nobody wanted or expected this to happen, it could happen to your kid too, so watch how quickly you judge. I do not know any of them, but feel terrible for them all. I don't know who can be held responsible for such a tragedy. But have faith in the courts that they have all of the information (unlike us)in this case and will do what is right. You should all just be quiet and let these families deal with this themselves. My heart goes out to all of those involved.
saddened

Costa Mesa, CA

#13 Jan 5, 2009
Kris in Watertown wrote:
I think that none of us are perfect parents. You can think that you would have done something different or better than these parents have, do you think that they wanted both of their children dead? in addition to the guilt they feel about the other child. You all need to think about some of the choices you have made as parents. Have you ever let them go with someone that you had apprehensions about? ever let them just go rent a movie during a snowstorm? Anything that maybe could have ended badly and you would have felt responsible for as a parent giving in to a childs pleads? They were all kids and nobody wanted or expected this to happen, it could happen to your kid too, so watch how quickly you judge. I do not know any of them, but feel terrible for them all. I don't know who can be held responsible for such a tragedy. But have faith in the courts that they have all of the information (unlike us)in this case and will do what is right. You should all just be quiet and let these families deal with this themselves. My heart goes out to all of those involved.
Thank you Kris. Your post nails every point right on the head. Obviously noone should ever disagree with "Yet Another Wolcott Mother" because hers is the only view that is correct (in her own limited mind).
Yet Another Wolcott Mom

Danbury, CT

#14 Jan 10, 2009
saddened wrote:
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Thank you Kris. Your post nails every point right on the head. Obviously noone should ever disagree with "Yet Another Wolcott Mother" because hers is the only view that is correct (in her own limited mind).
you aren't only saddened...you're clueless! that's the sad part
tough mom

Waterbury, CT

#15 Jan 11, 2009
Interesting..basic physics..object #2 was hit at59mph..he was going faster than 59mph at first impact (you see, the first thing he hit slowed him to the 59mph for the second impact )..and he hit the tail end of the boat..so the whole truck and most of boat were already turned so how is that his fault..?? This whole situation is sad..2 families, 2 mothers, 2 fathers and a lot of teenagers will never be the same because of this. If this mom cant accept any responsibility (even partial)then how will anyone be able to heal..??

I cannot sit here and say "not my kid" because the truth is we really dont know exactly what our kids are doing when they walk out the door..what I can say is that I am a tougher parent especially when it comes to safety. it would not matter to me that they gave my kid back their license after 90 days for a DUI because of some loophole..as a parent my teen would not have gotten it back. i know this because I dont back down from serious issues. My kids know that. They are not perfect, i would be foolish to think so...but I have rules and standards. action = consequence .

I am sorry that this mother will suffer even more because of this trial, she is opening wounds that need to heal and this is just causing more heartache and thats a shame.

As for Thams family.. I think they know what they are doing..they wont sue her..but sharing the settlement might make them feel that Anthony has paid ..??
Yet Another Wolcott Mom

Danbury, CT

#16 Jan 11, 2009
there needs to be more parents like you "tough mom"....I agree with you
unknown

Costa Mesa, CA

#17 Jan 12, 2009
Yet Another Wolcott Mom wrote:
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you aren't only saddened...you're clueless! that's the sad part
Just what I expected. If someone doesn't agree with you they are clueless. You resort to name calling anytime someone doesn't agree with you. Very mature. Do you have a job?
private

Washington, CT

#18 Jan 31, 2009
To Yet Another Wolcott Mom,

I am friends with the Apruzesse family and your just plan rude and ignorant. You stated your point, somebody didn't agree with you, you call them names and have nothing to back yourself up with. Donna owes it to herself to sue and win. She has to clear her sons name from people like you who are bad mouthing him. I was there that day of the accident. I didn't see it happen but I bet I can guess you don't have any teenagers. They mess up. Yes Anthony messed up big time and he cant make up for it but it could have happened to anyone. It's a main road and nobody drives the speed limit. My point is, dont blame the parents, they didnt their children to die, they just wanted to see them happy.
Yet Another Wolcott Mom

Wolcott, CT

#19 Mar 19, 2009
unknown wrote:
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Just what I expected. If someone doesn't agree with you they are clueless. You resort to name calling anytime someone doesn't agree with you. Very mature. Do you have a job?
I do the job that somebody in this situation wasn't...I'm a full time parent and take it very seriously. If you do the job right, it's the hardest job in the world that doesn't get easier when your kids get older, it gets tougher and you have to watch them more at 16/17 than when they were 3...do you have a job????? are you even a parent?? are you even an adult???
Yet Another Wolcott Mom

Wolcott, CT

#20 Mar 19, 2009
private wrote:
To Yet Another Wolcott Mom,
I am friends with the Apruzesse family and your just plan rude and ignorant. You stated your point, somebody didn't agree with you, you call them names and have nothing to back yourself up with. Donna owes it to herself to sue and win. She has to clear her sons name from people like you who are bad mouthing him. I was there that day of the accident. I didn't see it happen but I bet I can guess you don't have any teenagers. They mess up. Yes Anthony messed up big time and he cant make up for it but it could have happened to anyone. It's a main road and nobody drives the speed limit. My point is, dont blame the parents, they didnt their children to die, they just wanted to see them happy.
obviously your opinion is jaded since you were friends with anthony and you're defending him. I have teenagers, do you? Honestly I don't care if a sports car will make my teen happy or not...I want them safe!!!! They'll get over their pouting if they don't get the car they want. That's one of the biggest problems with parents today...caring too much about if their kids are happy by having whatever they want! who cares!! They wouldn't have to keep buying their love if they'd do their job and BE PARENTS! Donna can try and sue with frivolous lawsuits, but she'll never clear anthony's name...he's guilty.
Aware

United States

#21 Mar 21, 2009
Yet Another Wolcott Mom wrote:
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obviously your opinion is jaded since you were friends with anthony and you're defending him. I have teenagers, do you? Honestly I don't care if a sports car will make my teen happy or not...I want them safe!!!! They'll get over their pouting if they don't get the car they want. That's one of the biggest problems with parents today...caring too much about if their kids are happy by having whatever they want! who cares!! They wouldn't have to keep buying their love if they'd do their job and BE PARENTS! Donna can try and sue with frivolous lawsuits, but she'll never clear anthony's name...he's guilty.
I hope you spend as much time with your children as you do on your damn computer judging others. Your road to hell with be paved with ice. You are a complete and total ridiculous excuse for a human being. You are a selfish and mean spirited individual. One-sided, vicious, moronic, idiotic, close-minded, confrontational, know-it-all, sanctimonious (you can look that one up on the computer glued to your ass), mentally ill, no life wench. How's that for name calling? Get off the computer, get off your ass and socialize your closed, self-righteous, selfish mind.,

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