Judiciary Committee

JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT

Bill No.:

SB-471

Title:

AN ACT CONCERNING A MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT REPORT FOR AN ACCIDENT IN WHICH A PERSON WAS KILLED.

Vote Date:

3/28/2018

Vote Action:

Joint Favorable

PH Date:

3/14/2018

File No.:

Disclaimer: The following JOINT FAVORABLE Report is prepared for the benefit of the members of the General Assembly, solely for purposes of information, summarization and explanation and does not represent the intent of the General Assembly or either chamber thereof for any purpose.

SPONSORS OF BILL:

Judiciary Committee

Senator Terry Gerratana

Representative Joe Aresimowicz

REASONS FOR BILL:

Joseph DeGrandi, a constituent of Senator Gerratana and Representative Aresimowicz, lost his daughter, Tina DeGrandi, in a tragic auto accident on Route 9. Ms. DeGrandi was traveling northbound on Route 9 when another driver who was traveling southbound hit a guardrail and was launched into the northbound lane, striking Ms. DeGrandi's vehicle, ripping off the roof of the car and killing her. Following the collision, the police report was inconclusive and the driver of the car that struck Ms. DeGrandi was never penalized.

RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:

Division of Criminal Justice supports the bill, however they suggest that the word “accident” in the bill be changed to “crash” or “collision” or some other less conclusive word or words. The use of the word “accident” was a concern raised by traffic safety investigators.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:

Joseph DeGrandi testified that he lost his daughter to an auto accident that was no fault of her own. Despite indications that the driver that hit his daughter was speeding, the police report was inconclusive, therefore no charges were ever filed and the case was unable to be reopened. He requested the bill so that no family should have to endure what he has.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:

Insurance Association of Connecticut Eric George, President opposes the bill because it may have the unfortunate effect of having the state's attorney determine liability. He says this is not their purview nor are they capable of making such a determination. If the bill moves forward he recommends a language change stating that “nothing herein shall be deemed or construed to be evidence of fault or liability on the part of any party.”

Reported by: Adam Skowera

Date: April 12, 2018