- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 20, 2016

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - A man who says he went undetected in a crashed vehicle for hours after it was towed from a 2015 accident scene is suing employees at an Ohio sheriff’s office and the towing company.

According to court records, Mark Gilliam is suing the Montgomery County sheriff, a deputy and Busy Bee Auto Parts & Towing in federal court in Dayton. The lawsuit charges gross negligence and recklessness among other counts.

The sheriff’s office said Gilliam crashed his car in Harrison Township, near Dayton, at around 3 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2015. Authorities said utility lines were touching the car and the roadway, which slowed emergency crews from checking the car, The Dayton Daily News reported (https://bit.ly/1STLBNV ).

The lawsuit seeking more than $25,000 alleges that deputy Brian Crowe, a co-defendant, cleared the scene at around 4:30 a.m. The suit claims that a towing employee found Gilliam injured and screaming for help inside his car about six hours later. The lawsuit lists injuries including fractured ribs, a collapsed lung and broken wrist.

Crowe was cited after the crash last year for failing to do a proper inventory on the vehicle, according to the newspaper.

The company’s attorney, Christopher Carrigg, said he hadn’t had a chance to review the lawsuit and declined immediate comment. A message seeking comment was left at the Montgomery County prosecutor’s office, which is representing the sheriff and deputy.

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