Family of killed novelist gets $1.5 million settlement

  • A lawsuit filed in Bridgeport Superior Court claims the death John Kwochka, seen here, was the result of negligence and carelessness of Amanda Cashmore, of Cheshire. Photo: Contributed Photo / Contributed Photo / Connecticut Post Contributed
  • A lawsuit filed in Bridgeport Superior Court claims the death John Kwochka, seen here, was the result of negligence and carelessness of Amanda Cashmore, of Cheshire.

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Image 1 of 1 A lawsuit filed in Bridgeport Superior Court claims the death John Kwochka, seen here, was the result of negligence and carelessness of Amanda Cashmore, of Cheshire. A lawsuit filed in Bridgeport Superior Court claims the death John Kwochka, seen here, was the result of negligence and carelessness of Amanda Cashmore, of Cheshire.

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Family of killed novelist gets £1.5 million settlement

Back to Gallery MILFORD — The wife of a Shelton novelist, who was killed in a head-on car crash in July, has been awarded a £1.5 million settlement against the driver accused of causing the crash. The settlement was reached in Superior Court here on behalf of Jill Kwochka, of Hill Street, Shelton, for the death of her husband, John Kwochka.

“This loss was a true tragedy to all who knew and loved John Kwochka,” said Tom Ganim, who represented Jill Kwochka. “He was, by all accounts, an exceptional man. His family is devastated. Nothing will bring John back but we hope this brings some justice for the pain the family is enduring.

Amanda Cashmore, 22, of Cheshire, was charged last month by state police with negligent homicide with a motor vehicle for the crash that killed Kwochka. She could not be reached for comment. Born in Bridgeport, John Kwochka, 43, had been a Shelton resident for 30 years.

He graduated from Emmett O’Brien Technical School and attended The Baran Institute of Technology. Kwochka, an avid Red Sox and Pittsburg Steelers fan, was employed by Business Electronics of Wallingford. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter and his parents.

Kwochka is the author of “Sacrifice Your Love,” a romance novel published by American Star Books in 2010. His family said he was working on a second book at the time of his death. Police said Kwochka was driving west on Cheshire Road in Bethany at about 5 p.m. on July 14, when a pickup truck driven east by Cashmore crossed into the opposite lane and hit Kwochka’s car head-on.

Kwochka was pronounced dead at the scene from multiple injuries, police said. Cashmore suffered only minor injuries. Ganim subsequently filed a lawsuit against Cashmore on behalf of the Kwochka family, claiming Cashmore was negligent and careless in causing the accident.

“The motor vehicle accident and collision was caused as a result of the recklessness of the Defendant, Amanda Cashmore, and that recklessness was a substantial factor in causing the accident, injuries and damages,” the lawsuit stated. “The Defendant, Amanda Cashmore, operated her motor vehicle with reckless disregard for the health, safety and well being of the Plaintiff and others on the road.”

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