The husband of a Watertown woman who was killed in March when an SUV crashed into a West Newton pizza restaurant is suing the driver for wrongful death.
George Miele filed a lawsuit over the death of wife Eleanor in Middlesex Superior Court on Oct. 17 seeking compensation from Bradford Calser, the Wicked Local website reported.
Casler, of Newton, was indicted last month on two counts of motor vehicle homicide and one count of operating a motor vehicle to endanger after he allegedly rammed his SUV into Sweet Tomatoes, killing Miele’s wife, Eleanor, and her 32-year-old coworker, Gregory Morin. Casler has pleaded not guilty.
Miele’s lawyer said a jury would ultimately determine the amount of damages, but he expects an award of at least $25,000. The lawsuit seeks damages from Casler’s alleged negligence, and for funeral expenses and personal loss.
Mike Harris, an attorney for George Miele, told Wicked Local the family was still trying to figure out exactly what happened and why.
“They just want answers,” Harris said.
Sweet Tomatoes, located on Langley Road near the intersection of Summer and Beacon streets, closed for almost two months following the crash, which injured seven other patrons. It reopened in May.