- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 8, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A State Highway Patrol dispatcher has been dropped from a lawsuit alleging she didn’t notify an officer about a reported reckless driver before a crash that killed another Ohio motorist.

The lawsuit against the dispatcher and the patrol alleged they should have known such a failure could lead to harm. A magistrate dismissed the dispatcher from the case Tuesday, citing rules that original actions in the Ohio Court of Claims can name only state agencies and instrumentalities as defendants.

The patrol has declined to comment on the case.

The July 2013 crash killed Chillicothe (chihl-ih-KAHTH’-ee) attorney Annie Rooney. Her father filed the lawsuit, seeking at least $25,000 in damages.

The drunken driver blamed in the crash was sentenced to eight years in prison.

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Information from: Chillicothe Gazette, https://www.chillicothegazette.com


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