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Tribe to hear Foxwoods accident case

29 January 2009

MASHANTUCKET, Connecticut -- As reported by The Day: "Barring a settlement, a case brought by a Massachusetts man who lost his leg following a 2006 valet-parking accident at Foxwoods Resort Casino will be heard this summer in Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Court.

"'At this point, I think we'll proceed to trial,' M. John Strafaci, the New London attorney representing Richard and Carolyn Murch of Tewksbury, said Wednesday.

"The Mashantucket Pequot Gaming Enterprise, which operates Foxwoods, did not respond to Murch's proposed $4.75 million settlement at a pretrial conference last week, Strafaci said.

"...The suit, filed in August 2007, alleges that Murch was injured Nov. 20, 2006, when a car left with the Grand Pequot Tower valet struck him as he was removing items from the trunk of his own car, which he also had delivered to a parking attendant. The driver of the car that hit Murch - parked two to three car lengths behind Murch's car - had left it in first gear without engaging the parking brake, according to the suit and related documents. While standing outside the car, a valet reached in and started the engine, causing the car to travel forward and strike Murch, the suit says.

"...Murch, 66 at the time, sustained multiple injuries and trauma and ultimately lost his right leg, which, after several surgeries, had to be amputated above the knee, according to the suit..."

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