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Family sues Conn. over couple's death on parkway

April 8, 2012
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HARTFORD, Conn.—The family of a couple who was killed when a tree crashed on their car on the Merritt Parkway is suing Connecticut for millions.

The Hartford Courant reports ( http://cour.at/HpeXjy) that family members and the estate of Joseph Stavol and Jeanne Serocke-Stavola, who were killed in June 2007, say the state Department of Transportation failed to clear trees from the parkway, which could have prevented the accident. The Pelham Manor, N.Y., husband and wife died when a 70-foot tree fell onto their car on the parkway in Westport.

Their two sons were in the back seat and were treated for cuts and bruises.

The Connecticut attorney general's office denies state officials were negligent and says the state should not be liable for damages. Officials say a state landscaper makes inspections twice a year.

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