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Youngstown street dept., driver being sued in crash

Published: Fri, October 19, 2012 @ 6:12 p.m.

Staff report


A woman and a man who say they were injured in an accident in which a street department truck caused a utility pole and wire to crash onto their car have sued the city and its truck driver for more than $50,000.

Telasia X. Banks of Youngstown, the driver of the car, and her passenger, Khimani M. Chism of Struthers, filed the lawsuit Thursday in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court against Youngstown and its driver, Ronald Rogers of Youngstown.

The crash occurred June 20, 2011, at South Avenue and Wilbur Street as the truck, which was clearing debris from a demolition site, got snagged on utility wires, bringing down three utility poles and closing the intersection for several hours.

Both plaintiffs claimed head, neck and back injuries they said were caused by Rogers’ negligence.

However, Tom Sakmar, street department foreman, said at the time of the accident there were no injuries.

City Law Director Anthony Farris said his office will investigate and consult with the city’s insurance company.

The lawsuit, filed by Atty. Mark S. Gervelis, demands a jury trial and is assigned to Judge James C. Evans.


1DOLE2(594 comments)posted 2 years ago

Ambulance chaser

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2busyman(239 comments)posted 2 years ago

Sounds like Telasia and Khimani can not make those entitlement checks last the entire month. This is where it would be nice to have those cameras around the city.

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3georgejeanie(844 comments)posted 2 years ago

Of course. they were both on the way to their jobs when this accident occurred, They were both to distraught to continue working, and now sit around on the public tit, and can not wait to get back to their jobs, once they collect off the city and taxpayers.

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4southsidedave(4784 comments)posted 2 years ago

Sue-happy people strike again...I wonder if they are gainfully employed?

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5Lifes2Short(3877 comments)posted 2 years ago

Looking for the FREE money.

Telasia X. Banks


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6TylerDurden(367 comments)posted 2 years ago

Telasia and Khimani may be consulates from Zimbabwe. International spokespersons if you will. Afford them some respect.

I think it's interesting that the street department foreman is also a doctor, and able to determine what, if any, injuries occurred at the time of the accident.

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7BabaBooeyFan(6 comments)posted 2 years ago

Pretty nice a year and a half later they decide to file a lawsuit now.
Sounds like their "Government Assistance" is running out.
Mine and every other hard working persons tax dollars in Mahoning Valley must not be enough for them to live on.
Just looking for more"FREE MONEY".
Must be nice not to have any morals to live by.

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8southsidedave(4784 comments)posted 2 years ago

@TylerDurden -

Very amusing comment you made about these two possibly being consulates from Zimbabwe or international spokespersons. Made me laugh. Thanks.

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9BrothaLove(81 comments)posted 2 years ago

You small town hilljacks never cease to amaze me. Two people whom you don't know are involved in an accident that you did not witness and because thier names sound ethnic you assume they are lying about their injuries and collect welfare.

You know, you speak about these people as if they make this area look bad, but more progressive people, both black, white and Latino, look at you and laugh saying "that is why I cannot live around those rednecks."


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10Lifes2Short(3877 comments)posted 2 years ago


""Two people whom you don't know are involved in an accident that you did not witness and because thier names sound ethnic you assume they are lying about their injuries and collect welfare.""

I bad. I'm sure they are really outstanding citizens, productive members of society and Church going women. They probably waited a year and a half to file this claim due to there work schedule or volunteering for some charity. Does that sound better?

Chi Ching...$$$$ is more like it.

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