Girl’s Car-Chase Death Spawns a Very Big Lawsuit Over 911 Response Time


The death of a 4-year-old bystander killed by a car fleeing police last week might have been prevented, the girl’s mother said, had the emergency vehicles dispatched to help her not been delayed by four minutes. The city says a single 911 operator failed to relay the message in time, while the union representing her says it was an equipment failure. Either way, the family of Ariel Russo, who was killed, and her grandmother, who was injured in the crash, are suing for a total of $40 million for that four-minute delay.