Columbiana Co., sheriff’s dispatcher sued in relation to fatal crash

The civil lawsuit names the Brown Local School District, its bus driver, Columbiana County, the sheriff, and a dispatcher

Columbiana Co., sheriff’s dispatcher sued in relation to fatal crash

LISBON, Ohio (WYTV) — Columbiana County and a county sheriff’s dispatcher are among those being sued in a lawsuit related to the death of three teenagers in a November 2014 traffic crash, according to the Morning Journal.

The accident occurred on Nov. 22, 2014 when 16-year-old Savannah Russell, of Mavern, lost control of her vehicle on U.S. Route 30, striking a Brown Local school bus. Russell and her passengers, Storm Angione, of Paris, and A’liyia Hancock, of Minerva, died from their injuries.

The civil lawsuit was filed in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court this week by Kelli Davis, the administrator of Angione’s estate, the Morning Journal reports.

Named in the lawsuit is the Brown Local School District; its bus driver, Deborah Dustman; Columbiana County, including Sheriff Ray Stone; and dispatcher Tanya McLaughlin, who was suspended for one day after the crash for not following department protocol.

The lawsuit claims the school’s bus driver was not competently trained and was operating the bus at an unreasonable, excessive speed for the icy roads. It claims a passenger on the bus called 911 at 9:10 a.m. that day, but McLaughlin didn’t notify the ambulance service of the crash until 9:40 a.m.

The lawsuit claims the delay in notifying EMS led to more than a 45-minute wait before Angione was treated, leading to her death.

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