NORTH HAVEN — Town resident Edward Wilczynski filed a $35 million lawsuit against the federal government earlier this month, claiming that the driver charged in his wife’s death was working for the FBI at the time of the incident.
This suit, filed July 15, comes about a year after Kristen Wilczynski was struck by a car while crossing the street in Hamden. It alleges Courtney Bothwell, the driver of the vehicle and a police officer, “was a duly appointed Task Force Officer for the United States of America, Federal Bureau of Investigation” and was driving a vehicle leased by the bureau.
Bothwell was charged with negligent homicide in January and released on written promise to appear in court. Her next scheduled court appearance is Monday.
Edward Wilczynski is represented by New Haven-based Kennedy, Johnson, Schwab & Roberge.
The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Public Affairs declined comment. Bothwell told responding officers she was distracted by a puppy in her vehicle.
According to the suit, Bothwell was driving a 2018 Nissan Pathfinder west on Dixwell Avenue when she struck Kristin Wilczynski, who was crossing in order to reach the traffic island in the middle of the intersection of Dixwell and Old Dixwell Avenue. She was transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital where she died.
The lawsuit claims Bothwell’s actions were careless and negligent, saying she was driving “at a greater rate of speed than circumstances warranted.”