$1.1 settlement reached for family of Groton woman struck in school parking lot
A New London law firm has negotiated a $1.1 million settlement for the estate of 65-year-old Dawn Mallory, the RHAM Middle School teacher from Groton who was struck by a vehicle in the parking lot of the school and later died from her injuries.
The Reardon Law Firm announced the settlement on Tuesday and said the amount was the maximum amount of insurance available covering the driver, Elizabeth Everett, 50, of Hebron. Everett was charged with misconduct with a motor vehicle following the March 14, 2014, accident. She has pleaded not guilty in the pending case.
State police said Everett had alcohol in her system on the morning of the accident and had a blood-alcohol level of 0.07 percent — just under the legal limit of 0.08 percent — when she was tested after the accident.
State police say Everett dropped off her son at school that morning and accidentally drove into a bus-only area, then struck Mallory while backing up her SUV.
“Dawn Mallory was beloved by her students, faculty and parents at RHAM School and the entire Hebron community has grieved her loss,” said attorney Joseph Barnes of The Reardon Law Firm.
“Her family and friends have gone through a painful ordeal over the last year and it has become apparent that, while Dawn’s death was a hug loss to her community, it is time to bring closure to this chapter of the case and accept all of the insurance that Elizabeth Everett had covering her and her car, as Ms. Everett has no other significant assets,” Barnes said in a prepared statement.