Wallingford to receive settlement after driver struck fire hydrant

Wallingford to receive settlement after driver struck fire hydrant

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WALLINGFORD — The town recently settled a lawsuit against a driver who town officials say damaged a fire hydrant in 2017, accepting a negotiated settlement of nearly $7,000.

Assistant Town Attorney Geoffrey Einhorn said last week that the town originally sought $11,284 and agreed to settle for $6,850, about 60 percent of its claim. The town filed to withdraw the case Oct. 30.

The town filed the lawsuit against Matthew J. Madley, 39, of Wallingford, in July 2018.

According to court documents, which included a copy of the police crash report, Madley was driving a 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier north on South Main Street approaching Jefferson Avenue on Nov. 2, 2017.

The crash report indicates Madley crossed over the double yellow lines and hit the curb on the west side of the southbound lane of South Main Street. He told police at the time he believes he fell asleep while driving. He was not charged in the incident. Madley could not be reached for comment Monday.

After hitting the curb, he continued driving off the roadway, striking and dislodging a fire hydrant at 563 S. Main St., according to court documents. 

He then steered the car, overturned it and struck a parked, unoccupied vehicle at 551 S. Main St., according to the crash report.

Einhorn said vehicles stored at the Audi of Wallingford dealership, 800 S. Colony Road, also were damaged. The rear of the dealership abuts South Main Street.

The total amount of damage was estimated at $300,872, he said.

According to a Jan. 2018 memo from William Phelan, town Water and Sewer Divisions office manager, the cost to repair the hydrant, including labor, equipment, materials and road repairs, totaled $11,283.69.

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