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Borelli v. Renaldi

The plaintiff brought this case forward on behalf of the decedent. The plaintiff sought to recover damages and other relief for negligence on the part of the defendant. The plaintiff claimed that the defendant, a police officer, acted negligently in initiating a police pursuit of a vehicle in which the decedent was a passenger. The decedent was a backseat passenger in Eric Ramirez’s car at the time of the accident. Ramirez was driving his car on Route 67 when he chose to activate a set of lights which were attached to the bottom of his car. The use of such lights is illegal in Connecticut. Officer Renaldi was patrolling the area when he noticed Ramirez’s car. Renaldi then began pursuing the vehicle. Ramirez accelerated to a high rate of speed and illegally passed other vehicles on the road. Renaldi activated his lights and siren in an attempt to stop Ramirez’s reckless driving and notified dispatch of his engagement in the pursuit. Shortly thereafter, Ramirez pulled off Route 67 onto Old State Road causing Renaldi to lose sight of the vehicle. While driving on Old State Road, Ramirez struck an embankment on the side of the road which caused his vehicle to flip and land on its roof. The decedent, who was fifteen years old at the time, was killed in the crash while Ramirez and his additional passenger both survived. The pursuit lasted less than two minutes.