Mother, Son Collect $300,000 After Being Struck By Car
Andy Lin, et al. v. Robert Teleski: A mother and her 12-year-old son who were struck by a car while crossing a busy street have settled their lawsuits against the driver for more than $300,000.
On March 5, 2012 at 6:41 p.m., Meifang Zheng, a Chinese immigrant, and her son, Andy Linn, had just finished shopping at TJ Maxx and Walmart in Fairfield Plaza on Route 7 in New Milford when they decided to cross the busy stretch of road.
According to their lawyer, Pamela Levin Cameron, of Moore, O'Brien, Yelenak & Foti in Cheshire, there are five lanes of traffic on Route 7. Cameron said that Zheng, 43, and her son made it across two lanes and into the third lane, which is a left turn lane. At this point, mother and son were 360 feet away from the intersection. They had stopped in the midlle of the busy road because traffic filled both of the remaining lanes they needed to cross.
While they were standing still in that left turn lane, waiting for the traffic to pass by, Robert Teleski, operating a 2002 Subaru station wagon, drove right into them. The boy, who was closest to the station wagon, took the brunt of the impact. His body went up onto the Subaru's hood and smashed into the windshield, according to Cameron. The windshield cracked from the impact.
The mother was injured as well. "They were lying on the ground swollen and bloody," said Cameron.
Both Zheng and Lin were taken by ambulance to Danbury Hospital. Lin was diagnosed with facial fractures, a right knee fracture, and a subdural hematoma, or bleeding near the brain.
Lin was then transferred to a nearby Connecticut Children's Medical Center. Doctors were able to stop the bleeding and treat the other injuries without any invasive procedures. The boy was released from the hospital four days later.
Zheng, meanwhile, was diagnosed with tibia and fibula fractures in her left leg. Surgery and hardware were required to keep the bones in place. Zheng also had head and neck injuries. She spent four days in Danbury Hospital before getting released.
Zheng ultimately filed a negligence lawsuit against Teleski. There were also claims of bystander emotional distress, as the mother saw her young son get hit by the vehicle, and the boy saw his mother plowed into.
The Subaru's driver was represented by David Migliore, of Luccisano, Turret & Rosenbaum in Wallingford, who was hired by Peerless Insurance to handle the case.