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Family of a Connecticut Woman Killed on I-95 Receives a $4.8M Settlement

The family of a 31-year-old former Norwich woman killed when she was struck by a tractor trailer on the shoulder of Interstate 95 has secured a $4.8 million settlement to end a long-running wrongful death lawsuit, the attorney for the family said Thursday.

The suit was filed by the estate of Ashley Ferguson Jones, a mother of two young children who died on Dec. 1, 2016, while standing on the side of Interstate 95 in Old Lyme. Police said Ferguson had stopped her Kia Optima in the southbound breakdown lane, between exits 70 and 71, to check on her infant daughter who had been coughing and possibly choking.

She was outside her car, leaning into the back seat when she was struck by a tractor trailer driven by Nicolae Marcu of New Hampshire. Marcu was arrested and later convicted at trial of misconduct with a motor vehicle. The presiding judge in the case said the only explanation for the crash was that Marcu was distracted in some way, and thus criminally negligent, though there is no evidence he was on his phone or intoxicated.

Read more at News.law

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