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Suit filed for injured girl



Published: Tue, April 5, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



The girl suffered permanent injuries, according to the lawsuit.

WARREN -- The father of a child critically injured in a hit-and-run crash last summer has filed a lawsuit against two people he says are involved in the case.

Named as defendants in Chung Lee's action, filed in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court, are Raheema Wright of Summit Street N.W. and Irving Russ of Risher Road.

The lawsuit Lee filed on behalf of his daughter, Annie, and himself states that Wright owned the vehicle; and that either she or Russ operated it.

Russ had no valid Ohio operator's license, and if it's determined that Russ was the operator, then Wright knew about it, Lee's suit states.

On Aug. 16, 2004, Annie Lee of Deer Creek Lane, Howland, who was 11 at the time, was struck as she crossed U.S. Route 422 at North Road while walking with her grandmother. The vehicle involved in the accident didn't stop at the scene.

In January, Niles Police Chief Bruce Simeone said vehicle parts found at the hit-and-run accident were linked to a 1992 Mazda Navajo SUV owned by a Wright.

The suit

Lee's lawsuit states Annie suffered "massive injuries resulting in quadriplegia and permanent neurological damage." The suit states she will require long-term care and her father continues to incur medical expenses, and it seeks "an amount adequate to compensate them."

The case is assigned to Judge John Stuard. The family is represented by Attys. Martin F. White and Lynn B. Griffith III.

Warren police had found the black Mazda sport-utility vehicle with front-end damage on Wick Street S.E. in Warren.

Wright, 34, was interviewed by Niles police, then arrested by Warren police on charges of falsification and obstructing official business.

Russ has not been charged in connection with the crash.

Wright had filed a false stolen vehicle report the day of the accident. She pleaded no contest to falsification and Warren Municipal Judge Terry Ivanchak dismissed the obstruction charge. The judge found her guilty but delayed sentencing to ensure her further cooperation.




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