Trial scheduled in case of NY couple killed on Merritt Parkway

A trial over whether the state of Connecticut is responsible for the deaths of a New York couple killed on the Merritt Parkway in Westport is scheduled to begin next June.



Joseph Stavola and Jeanne Serocke-Stavola died when a tree crashed onto their car on the Merritt Parkway 10 years ago.



Their two sons, ages 7 and 9 at the time, were hurt.



The lawsuit claims negligence, and names the state and Department of Transportation Commissioner James Redeker as defendants.



State officials deny the allegations.


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