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Columbiana County dispatcher named in wrongful death suit

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LISBON, Ohio -

A bus driver and Columbiana County dispatcher are named in a wrongful death suit related to a 2014 crash that claimed the lives of three teenagers.

Three Minerva teenagers were killed when the car they were in slid into the path of a Brown Local School District bus on Nov. 22, 2014.

The victims were 16-year-old Savannah Russell, 19-year-old Storm Angione and 18-year-old A'liyia Hancock.

State troopers at the time said black ice on the road caused Russell to lose control of her vehicle, and the bus driver was unable to stop before colliding with the car.

Plaintiffs representing the estate of Angione are claiming the bus driver, Deborah Dustman, was driving at an “unreasonable and excessive” speed, causing a greater impact to the teenager's vehicle than if the driver were operating at a slower speed.

The lawsuit does not specify the speed of the bus.

A complaint filed by Angione's attorney alleges that Columbiana County Sheriff dispatcher Tanya McLaughlin is liable for the teenager's death. The document says passengers on the bus called 911 and told dispatcher McLaughlin the accident was severe. According to the lawsuit, McLaughlin failed to dispatch EMS to the scene, causing a 45 minute delay before any medical personnel arrived at the crash.

The suit claims the delay caused Angione to lose any chance of survival from his injuries.

Angione's estate is suing Dustman and the Brown Local School District for negligence and punitive damages.

McLaughlin and Columbiana County are also named as defendants.

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