Columbus to pay $1.2 million to settle wrongful death suit


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The city of Columbus will pay $1.2 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit filed after two fire division paramedics failed to properly treat a woman in cardiac arrest four years ago.

The Columbus Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/28JbfL6 ) the settlement, one of the largest in Columbus’ history, ends a nearly four-year court battle over the death of 76-year-old Sonia Bray.

The incident began when Columbus paramedics James Amick and James Hingst were sent to an MRI center in February 2012 following reports of a woman in cardiac arrest.

Prosecutors say the paramedics didn’t treat Bray for nearly 25 minutes. Instead they discussed a pot roast left cooking at the firehouse, among other things.

Assistant city attorney Michael Halloran says city council will vote on the settlement in two to three weeks.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com

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