Family of girl shocked by power line files suit

7:49 PM, Jan 18, 2013   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- The family of Gasia Thomas, who was nearly killed by a downed power line, has filed a lawsuit.

The suit, filed on behalf of Gasia, her sister, and their mother, accuses FirstEnergy, CEI, Cleveland Public Power, and the City of Cleveland of being negligent and reckless in connection with the incident.

Thomas, 12, was criticially injured the afternoon of Nov. 1 when she came into contact with a live, downed, power line near her home at East 130th Street and Iriquois Avenue.

The line fell the evening of Oct. 29 when Superstorm Sandy came through Northeast Ohio.

Residents of the area said they had many numerous calls to the power company and the city warning of a dangerous situation and asking that the live wire be dealt with quickly.

"I knew someting like this was going to happen," one caller said, while reporting that Gasia had been knocked unconscious by the wire.

The girl was in the hospital for two months and is now in a rehabilitation facility where the family attorney says she is suffering from permanent brain injury, scarring, and the loss of a limb.

The defendants in the lawsuit, which seeks damages for each family member, are not commenting.


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