Town to Pay $4.1 Million Settlement to Carlos Prada Family

Town Council reportedly approved settlement as case was being prepared for trial.

Stratford Town Hall Credit: Patch File Photo
Stratford Town Hall Credit: Patch File Photo
In 2008, 13-year-old Flood Intermediate School student Carlos Prada was walking to his bus stop when he was fatally struck by a public works truck.

Now the town of Stratford says it will pay $4.1 million to settle a lawsuit brought by Prada's family. The Town Council approved the settlement as the case was being prepared for trial, according to the Connecticut Post.

Donald Papcsy, the Pradas' lawyer, said he was happy to settle the matter without having to "relive the tragedy" inside the courtroom.

"No amount of money can ever replace a child and Carlos Prada Jr. was a truly exceptional one," he told the Post.

At graduation, Prada's classmates remembered him as "a genuinely good person." His classmates remembered his absence in 2012, on what would have been his graduation day, by releasing doves on the Bunnell football field in memory of Prada and another departed student.

The truck's driver, Robert Maloy of Orange, was ticketed but not charged following the incident.
Fred Silvestro January 15, 2014 at 05:06 AM
. It is a shame when family has to go through this stress. When the other side knows it's wrong from the beginning to make the family suffer all these years. But that's the town of Stratford for you. The lawyers make money they don't care it's not their money they're dealing with. They close heart aches suffering.
greg cann January 15, 2014 at 07:36 AM
"Justice delayed is justice denied".
M.Hulton January 15, 2014 at 08:14 AM
No amount of money will atone for the painful situation that the family has to relive every day of their lives. It's up to the town leadership to make sure that no infractions, which contributed to this tragedy, still exist.
OpportunistWatch January 19, 2014 at 09:44 AM
The past and current attorneys of this town are definitely part of the problem and yes they have no compassion for the suffering unless the suffering is paying them. I know of a few ex-attorneys who milked this town bad of which we are still repairing the damage. Many public works truck drivers talking on the phone and driving erratic and get away with it because most work closely with the Strfd Police who look the other way. Thats the norm here in Stratford and to say it doesn't exist is lying to ourselves and those they effect. I wish they would drug test these town employees, this would eliminate 1/2 of the problems and allow for a safer work place for all.


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