March 3, 1990 |
The parents of a 17-year-old Edison High School student shot to death last week by a plainclothes police officer yesterday filed a $45 million wrongful death lawsuit in federal court. Michael Floyd, an attorney representing the parents of Damon Dawson, said he has talked to several witnesses who contradict the police version of how Dawson died. Police said Dawson, of 8th Street near Huntingdon, died from a bullet wound to the left side of his back in the Feb. 22 incident. Homicide Capt.
March 19, 2014 |
THE FAMILY of the late radio legend and civic leader E. Steven Collins has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against Chestnut Hill Hospital, saying its staff failed to immediately diagnose and treat the heart attack that killed him last fall. Collins, 58, arrived at the hospital at 9 p.m. Sept. 8, with the classic symptoms of a heart attack - pressure and pain in his chest, high blood pressure, labored breathing, clammy skin and related complaints, said attorneys Tom Kline and Dean Weitzman, who filed the complaint in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court yesterday morning.
January 28, 1998 |
Shortly before he committed suicide two years ago, Philadelphia court administrator Kevin Murray allegedly got a double dose of disturbing news from his boss, Municipal Court President Judge Alan K. Silberstein. While publicly standing behind Murray, who had been accused of a sexual assault - a charge Murray insisted was untrue - Silberstein allegedly told Murray that Murray was being suspended and would lose his job even if he were acquitted. And, the judge allegedly advised, Murray might have to hire lawyers to defend himself against the sex charge, since neither city nor state court officials would give any assurance of footing the bill for Murray's legal fees.
March 11, 2000 |
Ralph Beswick Jr. believes his father might still be alive if a city 911 dispatcher hadn't sent the wrong ambulance. Yesterday Beswick filed a wrongful-death/civil-rights lawsuit against the city, the dispatcher and the private ambulance company she worked for, claiming his father died because he failed to get emergency treatment in a timely manner. The city dispatcher, Julie Rodriguez, 32, has admitted forwarding a 911 call from Beswick's father's home to CareState Ambulance Inc., of Langhorne, the company she worked for part-time as an emergency medical technician.
February 10, 2012 |
The mother of a man shot to death by police last February at the end of a stolen-car chase in North Philadelphia filed a wrongful-death lawsuit Thursday against six city police officers. The Common Pleas Court lawsuit by Carolyn Moses, mother of Jamil Moses, was announced at the Center City law offices of Paul J. Hetznecker. Hetznecker called for an independent probe of the Feb. 8, 2011, encounter in which Moses, 24, was shot to death after police boxed in the car in which he was a passenger at 23d Street and Susquehanna Avenue.
April 12, 2014 |
The horse, startled by a chicken roaming on the track, partially bucked off the jockey, dragged him for about 40 seconds as one foot remained in a stirrup, kicked him repeatedly, and killed him, according to a lawsuit. On Wednesday, a Philadelphia jury found Parx Casino & Racetrack liable for nearly $8 million for the 2010 incident that claimed the life of Mario Calderon, 55, of Croydon. Calderon suffered 11 broken ribs and bleeding in the brain, according to his attorney, Michael A. Trunk, and died shortly after being taken to a nearby hospital.
July 15, 1999 |
The daughter of a woman whose death last year launched a state probe into treatment practices at the Montgomery County Geriatric and Rehabilitation Center has sued the Royersford facility for negligence and wrongful death. The lawsuit, filed in Montgomery County Court Tuesday on behalf of Carol A. Mosser of Lansdale, contends that the center's "negligent failure to act in accordance with [its] duties . . . to its patients" directly led to the death of Florence Mosser. The suit names as defendants the center, along with administrator Jean L. John, medical director Dr. John J. Maron and nursing director Melanie DeBlase.
February 24, 2003 |
When the police broke down the door to Holly Wnorowski's Edgewater Park apartment, all that was left of her nightgown was the smoldering tag. It was her first night in the apartment, and Wnorowski, 31, had planned a quiet celebration amid the unpacked boxes. She had taken out a candle in a glass jar as she relaxed watching television. The first couple of clicks of the long-stemmed butane lighter produced nothing, she told police. The next click on the triggerlike switch created an explosion that set her nightgown ablaze, according to police reports of the February 2001 fire in Burlington County.
May 28, 1999 |
A wrongful death lawsuit filed against the owner of an Exton group home after four people were killed in a fire has been settled out of court, attorneys said yesterday. The suit was brought against Ken-Crest Services by Ann Marie McConnell, whose mentally disabled son, Lawrence, 23, was trapped in the early morning blaze of Aug. 20, 1996. Also killed in the fire were John Brentnall, 57, and Tom Taylor, 37, and their caretaker, Kim Hunsinger, 23. Citing a confidentiality clause in the settlement, the lawyers would not disclose its terms.
April 8, 1998 |
Nearly 22 months after Anne Marie Fahey was reported missing, and seven months after her friends dedicated a wooden bench in Brandywine Park in her honor, her family has asked a court to declare her dead. "There are estate-related matters pertaining to Anne Marie that need to be addressed, and this is part of that process," said David Weiss, the Fahey family attorney. It is a necessary step, Weiss said yesterday, because Fahey's body has not been found. Consequently, a death certificate has not been issued.