Couple cites ambulance, driver in road injuries

By Carol Ostrow | Mar 30, 2015

MOUNDSVILLE — A Marshall County husband and wife has sued an Ohio emergency transport company and its employee, alleging negligence.

Mildred Louise Strope and Donnie H.M. Strope of Cameron fled a lawsuit March 6 in Marshall Circuit Court against Emergency Medical Transport Inc. of Canton, Ohio, and Donald G. Vinka of Bellaire, Ohio, alleging vehicular negligence in a 2014 road accident.

According to the complaint, on March 27, 2014, Mildred Strope was a passenger in an ambulance operated by Vinka who was driving the vehicle southbound on W.Va. 88 near Moundsville when he lost control of the truck and veered left of center, striking a fence, tree and second vehicle, and finally stopping against a house.

The suit states the collision caused Mildred personal injuries because the defendant failed to maintain control of his vehicle, use ordinary care in driving, travel at a safe speed and obey traffic laws.

The couple cites: injuries as a result of the driver’s negligent, careless and improper conduct; medical expenses; pain and suffering; aggravation and inconvenience; permanent impairment; and loss of consortium.

The Stropes seek compensatory damages, attorney fees and costs.

They are represented by attorneys Christopher Turak and Teena Miller of Gold, Khourey & Turak in Moundsville. The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge David W. Hummel.

Marshall Circuit Court case number: 15-C-41-(H)

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