A Connecticut woman whose sister was found frozen to death under several inches of snow in 2009 has filed a personal injury lawsuit against the bar and the former state legislator that allegedly let her wander off into the night without coat or shoes.
Lorraine Sinisgalli, the co-executor for the deceased Carol Jean Sinisgalli's estate, claims that her sister was kicked out of the O’Leary’s Digger McDuff’s Tavern without her coat or her shoes in 14 degree weather after a fight with another tavern patron, The Associated Press reports. Former Cromwell state Representative James O’Rourke, an acquaintance of Carol Jean who was also at the bar that night, allegedly attempted to drive her home but then either dropped her off or negligently allowed her to exit the vehicle in her dangerously light clothes. The personal injury suit seeks at least $1 million from both defendants.
The bar and O'Rourke both deny the allegations, according to the news provider.
According to the Hartford Courant, O'Rourke lost his re-election bid in November in the midst of media attention to the case of Sinisgalli and the lawmaker's involvement. He was investigated by police for the incident, but never charged.