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YOUNGSTOWN Family sues driver, police over injuries



Published: Sun, February 16, 2003 @ 12:00 a.m.



YOUNGSTOWN -- The family of a Youngstown man, injured when he was involved in a traffic accident after a high-speed police pursuit in February 2001, is suing the driver of the car that hit him.

It's the second lawsuit filed in the wake of the chase.

Linda Peck of Mount Vernon Avenue and her daughter, Sherry Lin Marie Peck, are seeking unspecified damages from Steven Lee Mango and Deborah Sell, both of Hanoverton, and from Boardman Township. Sell was the owner of the car Mango was driving, according to the lawsuit.

Township police were chasing Mango after a reported robbery at the Yankee Kitchen restaurant on Market Street. According to the lawsuit, Mango drove through a red light on Youngstown-Poland Road and struck a car driven by Mrs. Peck's husband, Clifford. Atty. James R. Lanzo, who filed the suit, said Peck was injured in the crash, but survived. Peck has since died of other causes, Lanzo said.

In the other lawsuit stemming from the chase, the family of Phillip E. Swantner, who was struck head-on and killed by Mango's car during the chase, is seeking $10 million from the township. That suit was filed last week in common pleas court. Neither Swantner nor Peck were involved in the chase.




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