City woman sues elevator company

Staff report


A Youngstown woman has sued an elevator maintenance company, alleging she suffered arm and other injuries because of the company’s negligence when she tripped and fell. She claims she tried to enter a mis-leveled elevator in Cushwa Hall at Youngstown State University on March 7, 2011.

Gerry Walker, of Burning Tree Lane, then a YSU student, sued Thyssen-Krupp Elevator Americas and five unidentified John Doe defendants Wednesday in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court, seeking more than $25,000 in damages and demanding a jury trial.

Jane Scott, a ThyssenKrupp spokeswoman in Frisco, Texas, declined to comment on the lawsuit, which is assigned to Judge Maureen A. Sweeney.

The lawsuit says ThyssenKrupp inspected and maintained or repaired the university’s passenger elevators under a contract with YSU, but YSU is not named as a defendant in this lawsuit.

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