The family of a 15-year-old Connecticut boy settled a wrongful death lawsuit against an off-duty police officer and the tavern that served him liquor before he hit the child with his speeding vehicle. The suit was filed by the family of Henry Dang against former Windsor Locks officer Michael Koistinen and Jacek Bucior, who was the owner of the Suffield Tavern. Also named in the suit were Koistinen’s mother and father who co-owned the vehicle which killed Dang.

The lawsuit accused Michael Koistinen of recklessness and negligence in the high school sophomore’s death. Bucior’s tavern was allegedly complicit because of serving Koistinen alcohol when he was already intoxicated. The family sought an unspecified amount of damages; terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

Henry Dang was riding his bike home from a friend’s house just before midnight on Oct. 29, 2010 when the off-duty police officer’s vehicle stuck him while traveling at more than 70 mph in a 35 mph zone.  A state police report says several witnesses claimed Koistinen, who is still awaiting criminal charges, had been drinking alcohol for several hours before the accident. A surveillance video showed Koistinen walking unsteadily as he was leaving the Suffield Tavern before the crash.

Koistinen’s father Robert, a Windsor Locks police Sargent, has been charged with hindering the investigation. He was one of the officers who responded to the accident and drove his son away from the crash site. At an area hospital, Robert Koistinen allegedly denied an investigator access to his son’s room and said his son would neither be providing a blood sample nor giving a statement.

(Source: Hartford Courant)

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