Stamford woman's family to be paid $18.75 million settlement

STAMFORD, Conn. — A New Jersey trucking company has agreed to pay the family of a Connecticut woman killed in a 2016 crash $18.75 million, described as one of the largest wrongful death settlements in state history.

The Stamford Advocate reported Friday's settlement was reached the day after a jury was tasked with deciding whether the driver of a semitractor-trailer was negligent in the death of 38-year-old Stamford resident Cristina Vomoca.

Angelo Ziotas, the attorney for Vomoca's family, says he hopes the payment reminds drivers not to take risks.

In this case, Jeffrey Bodnar, the driver for Transervice Lease Corp. is accused of running a red light, slamming into Vomoca's car at the bottom of a highway exit ramp. Bodnar's lawyer says the settlement represents Bodnar's "contrition and empathy."

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Information from: The Advocate, http://www.stamfordadvocate.com

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