Man convicted of killing boy sues parents

November 17th, 2010 by Staff

(NECN: Brian Burnell, Prospect, Conn.) – A lawsuit in Connecticut is in the national spotlight. A man convicted of manslaughter for killing a 14-year-old boy with his car is suing the boy’s family because they didn’t make their son wear a helmet.

Route 69 in Prospect, Connecticut is a busy road and in late April of 2007 it was a deadly road. 48-year-old David Weaving was passing another car, doing 83-miles an hour in a 45-mile an hour zone, when he hit and killed 14-year-old Mathew Kenney as he rode his bike. Weaving was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 10 years. In what can only be described as prison chutzpah Weaving is now suing Matthew’s parents saying they are to blame for their son’s death because they allowed him to ride his bike on a busy road and did not make him wear a helmet.

Michelle Cruz, CT Victim’s Advocate: “He’s using the system to re-victimize the victim’s.”

Michelle Cruz is the state Victim’s Advocate and she says the more you look at Weaving’s lawsuit the sicker you get.

Michelle Cruz, CT Victim’s Advocate: “He’s claiming loss of being an uncle, a brother and so forth when he can still have relationships with his family. The victim is gone.”

The Kenney’s are not granting interviews but their attorney says they’ve been through hell the past 3 years and this is just adding on to that. People in Prospect, and all over, are talking about David Weaving, his speeding and his lawsuit.

Tom Giammattei, Prospect CT: “A person like that’s got to be insane because anybody doing 83 miles an hour, they shouln’t be doing that.”

Joan Johnson, Prospect CT: “What’s your reaction time? How are you going to protect yourself and protect the little kid that’s on a bicycle? No, I don’t think he has any right to sue.”

There is a lawsuit that’s anything but frivolous involving all of this. The Kenney family has filed against the state of Connecticut. On the night that he hit Mathew Weaving wasn’t drunk but he does have 5 drunk driving convictions on his record. Under Connecticut law that means he shouldn’t have had a driver’s license at all. The state has admitted it made a mistake and the Kenney’s are suing. That, of course, doesn’t bring Matthew back.

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