Dead Woman’s Sister Wants $1M from Ex-Rep., Bar

A Rocky Hill woman froze to death in 2009.

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The sister of a Rocky Hill woman who froze to death is asking a judge to secure $1 million in assets from a former state lawmaker and a Cromwell tavern as part of a lawsuit accusing them of playing roles in her death.

A lawyer for Carol Jean Sinisgalli's sister filed a motion in New Britain Superior Court late last month seeking to attach the property of former Cromwell state Rep. James O'Rourke and O'Leary's Digger McDuff's Tavern, in case she wins the lawsuit.

The lawsuit claims Sinisgalli was kicked out of the bar in January 2009 with no coat and no shoes and O'Rourke tried to drive her home, but she got out along the way and was found dead the next day.

O'Rourke and the bar deny responsibility.

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