(BOSTON) -- It has been an agonizing three years for Stephen and Joanne Kenney, ever since their teenage son, Matthew, was struck and killed while riding his bike on a Connecticut roadway. Now the man who killed Matthew is suing the Kenneys for negligence -- from his jail cell.
Prosecutors alleged that David Weaving was driving more than 80 miles an hour in Waterbury on April 27, 2007 when he struck and killed Matthew Kenney, 14, according to court documents. Weaving had a history of driving violations, including four convictions for drunk driving.
In this case, he was convicted of manslaughter and is serving a 10-year sentence.
After his conviction, the Kenneys sued Weaving and the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles for negligence, alleging that Weaving's license should have been revoked because of his repeated drunk driving convictions. The state DMV is fighting the case.
From behind bars, Weaving responded with a countersuit alleging that the Kenneys allowed their son to ride his bike without a helmet, which contributed to his death. The lawsuit stated that the Kenneys did not "comply with the responsibilities of a parent or guardian and the laws of this state."
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