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Attorney of teacher fatally struck in Hebron files intent to sue

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The attorney for the estate of the Rham Middle School teacher who was killed by a car in March has filed a notice of intent to sue the town of Hebron.

The notice states that the collision happened because of what the attorney said was dangerous and defective planning of the roads on the school grounds.

"It's always very crowded, always very crowded. It's a zoo inside of the parking lot," said Mike Lucenko of Hebron.

"Crowded" is how many parents in Hebron describe the roads at Rham Middle School and the high school.

In March, 65-year-old Dawn Mallory's life was cut short when she was struck by a car during the morning drop off.

She suffered a serious head injury and died two weeks later.

"It was devastating for the entire community. The kids, the teachers, everyone was affected," said Ginnie Crean of Hebron.

Now, attorneys for Mallory's estate are deciding whether or not to sue the town of Hebron. They believe the town did not provide a safe and properly maintained access road with proper sign age.

Before the attorneys make a decision they want police to finish their investigation.

"Obviously how the incident occurred is critical. Who did what, when and how fast was the individual driving? At this point there are a lot of questions that we don't have answers to," said Attorney Joe Barnes.

The town of Hebron and the school district will be holding a public hearing on Thursday to address the traffic safety and operations study they have been conducting.

It will also give parents a chance to voice their concerns.

"There's a lot of activity there, a lot of kids driving in and out. And I'm glad they're doing this and I think there are more steps they can take," said David Savage, a Hebron resident.

While Barnes said he is happy that the school is taking the right steps for the future, he said he won't forget what happened to Mallory and hopes to seek justice on behalf of her estate and her family.

"It's terrible. This is a complete tragedy. A lovely woman, caring mother of two, a friend, educator for the past 30 years in Connecticut, by all accounts beloved by all," Barnes added

Barnes also said that he has up to two years from the date of the accident to file a claim, and said he is looking at whether to sue the driver of the vehicle that hit Mallory.

The public hearing will be held on Thursday evening at 7 p.m. at the high school.

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