2nd Blizzard-Related Wrongful Death Suit Filed Against NYC
NEW YORK (CBS 2) — Even weeks after the Christmas blizzard that pummeled the area, New York City is still dealing with the fallout from the storm.
The second snow-related wrongful death lawsuit was brought against the city Tuesday by a Brooklyn family. They said they waited a hour-and-a-half for an ambulance to come to the aid of their wife and mother.
Claire Reed, who was 63-years-old, suffered chest pains and died on December 27 in her apartment on Cortelyou Road.
Reed’s husband and companion of 25 years, Robert Davis, told CBS 2’s John Slattery he still continues to be baffled by the EMS’ 90-minute response time.
“Every time I think about it, sometimes…I talk about, it just tears me up. I break down,” Davis said.
Davis said he called 911 twice from their apartment, but emergency crews were unable to arrive in time due in part to the snow-clogged streets in Brooklyn.
“Her last words, she screamed to me. She said ‘Robert please help me. Robert help me please I think I’m having a heart attack,” Davis said.
The family’s attorney Sanford Rubenstein claims the police, fire, transportation and sanitation departments are at fault and is seeking $20 million in damages.
“It is inexcusable for there to be a delay of an hour-and-a-half in a life and death situation by emergency medical services and the fire department,” he said.
The family of 75 year-old Yvonne Freeman, of Queens, has also filed a suit against the city and blames her death on an ambulance wait of three hours.
Mayor Bloomberg, who got blasted for the city’s response to the blizzard, demoted EMS chief John Peruggia.
Responding the news of second lawsuit, a city spokesman said only “our thoughts are with the family. We have not yet seen the legal papers.”