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Posted on June 23rd, 2009,
by Zane Cagle

City Faces Wrongful Death Suit for Wrongful Electrocution of Woman

Posted on June 23rd, 2009 by Zane Cagle

The city of Columbiana, OH faces a wrongful death suit along with two of its electrical workers over the accidental electrocution of a woman after she stepped into a puddle with an open wire on the street. The victim was only 39 years old when she set out to deliver newspapers one stormy morning in May 2004. City workers had begun repairing a live wire on the street earlier that day, but left it hanging attached to a block and pulley system used to suspend the wire well above the ground. They did this to prevent it from being a harm to others, but with heavy rains, a puddle formed around the live connection. When the woman stepped into the puddle, she was instantly electrocuted and died as a result of her injuries. The two workers who were working on the wire found her lying in the water. Now, her family has filed suit against the city of Columbiana and the two workers in 2005, and it was re-filed in 2007. A jury will decide whether or not the city was liable for the hazardous street conditions and alleged negligent actions of the two electrical workers. The plaintiffs’ attorney stated that the city workers made poor choices when they decided not to finish the job and suspend a live wire in the air during stormy weather. Furthermore, they failed to place warning barricades around the site and to cut the electricity to that wire. So, what happened to the woman was not so much an accident, but a tragedy caused by a series of poor choices.

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