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The mother of a 5-year-old boy who was accidentally struck and killed by his grandfather while playing in the driveway of his Norwalk house has settled with the insurance carrier for $1.2 million.

Peter Tinnen-Strmiska and his then 13-year-old sister, China, were playing in front of their house in May 2016 when 76-year-old Clyde W. Tinnen sped into the driveway and ran over the boy, according to attorney Donald Papcsy, who represented Peter’s mother and the boy’s estate.

Norwalk police investigated and found no fault on the part of Tinnen after concluding that the topography of the land coupled with the angle of the setting sun made it difficult for Tinnen to see his grandson in the driveway, Papcsy said. Papcsy’s firm, Papcsy Janosov Roche, was asked to do its own investigation at the request of the boy’s mother, Kayla Tinnen.

“We went to the scene ourselves and took pictures and employed experts in accident reconstruction,” Papcsy said. “We were able to prove that the actions of Clyde Tinnen amounted to negligence and that those negligent actions caused the death of Peter.”

Specifically, Papcsy said, “We showed that at that time of day [5:10 p.m.], he’d have to be going at a higher rate of speed than normal for entering the driveway. He also did not take proper precautions to make sure no one was in the driveway, especially when the driveway is set up to be a play area. There was a basketball hoop there and the child played there often.”

In an effort to avoid pitting family members against each other in a lawsuit, Papcsy said he was able to negotiate a settlement with Clyde Tinnen’s insurance provider, The Hartford Insurance Co. Negotiations took about eight months.

“We got almost the entire policy, minus what we could have paid via litigation and experts,” Papcsy said.

“The family is much better off now than if they had to go through the litigation process,” Papcsy added. “Now, they can go through the process of healing the family.”

Norwalk-Wilton Probate Judge Anthony J. DePanfilis approved the settlement April 28. The money should be dispersed later this month, Papcsy said.

Colleen Fries of Coyne, Von Kuhn, Brady & Fries in Shelton was the attorney for The Hartford. She declined to comment.

Attorney Jessica Kordas assisted Papcsy.

The mother of a 5-year-old boy who was accidentally struck and killed by his grandfather while playing in the driveway of his Norwalk house has settled with the insurance carrier for $1.2 million.

Peter Tinnen-Strmiska and his then 13-year-old sister, China, were playing in front of their house in May 2016 when 76-year-old Clyde W. Tinnen sped into the driveway and ran over the boy, according to attorney Donald Papcsy, who represented Peter’s mother and the boy’s estate.

Norwalk police investigated and found no fault on the part of Tinnen after concluding that the topography of the land coupled with the angle of the setting sun made it difficult for Tinnen to see his grandson in the driveway, Papcsy said. Papcsy’s firm, Papcsy Janosov Roche, was asked to do its own investigation at the request of the boy’s mother, Kayla Tinnen.

“We went to the scene ourselves and took pictures and employed experts in accident reconstruction,” Papcsy said. “We were able to prove that the actions of Clyde Tinnen amounted to negligence and that those negligent actions caused the death of Peter.”

Specifically, Papcsy said, “We showed that at that time of day [5:10 p.m.], he’d have to be going at a higher rate of speed than normal for entering the driveway. He also did not take proper precautions to make sure no one was in the driveway, especially when the driveway is set up to be a play area. There was a basketball hoop there and the child played there often.”

In an effort to avoid pitting family members against each other in a lawsuit, Papcsy said he was able to negotiate a settlement with Clyde Tinnen’s insurance provider, The Hartford Insurance Co. Negotiations took about eight months.

“We got almost the entire policy, minus what we could have paid via litigation and experts,” Papcsy said.

“The family is much better off now than if they had to go through the litigation process,” Papcsy added. “Now, they can go through the process of healing the family.”

Norwalk-Wilton Probate Judge Anthony J. DePanfilis approved the settlement April 28. The money should be dispersed later this month, Papcsy said.

Colleen Fries of Coyne, Von Kuhn, Brady & Fries in Shelton was the attorney for The Hartford . She declined to comment.

Attorney Jessica Kordas assisted Papcsy.