TribLIVE

| Home


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Tentative settlement reached in death of Hazelwood man during 2010 blizzard

Daily Photo Galleries

Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, 12:21 p.m.
 

Pittsburgh and Allegheny County have agreed to a $280,000 settlement with the family of a Hazelwood man who died after ambulances failed to reach him during the 2010 blizzard.

Curtis Mitchell, 50, an unemployed laborer, died Feb. 7, 2010, of heart disease. The city and county revamped their emergency system in the wake of his death.

Mitchell's two children sued the city and county, seeking more than $500,000. Pending approval from city council, Pittsburgh would pay them $195,000 and the county would pay them $85,000, according to Joanna Doven, spokeswoman for Mayor Luke Ravenstahl. City Council introduced legislation on Monday to approve the city's portion. A vote could come next week.

Mitchell and his girlfriend, Sharon Edge, called 911 10 times Feb. 6-7, 2010, but city paramedics were unable to reach their Chaplain Way home because of snow.

County dispatchers urged Mitchell to walk across the Elizabeth Street Bridge to waiting ambulances, but extreme abdominal pain prevented him from doing so. Ambulance crew chief Josie Dimon, who was fired, was recorded as saying she wasn't “waiting all day” for Mitchell and “this ain't no cab service.” An arbitrator reinstated her.

City Public Safety Director Michael Huss criticized the paramedics, saying they should have walked to Mitchell's home.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Stories

  1. Fights reported, shots fired outside Monroeville Mall restaurant
  2. Defense shines in Pitt football spring game
  3. Western Pa. veterans get wheelchairs, mobility
  4. Lawsuit: Pittsburgh Public Schools should have known officer was abusing boys
  5. Step up in class no problem for Mars tennis team
  6. Butler players help Team Pittsburgh win Showcase title
  7. Penguins pushing to sell playoff tickets
  8. ‘Bride’ goes on at Geyer theater in Scottdale
  9. Mackey: For Pens’ Winnik, playing with Crosby an ongoing process
  10. New Mars superintendent kept tabs on district’s successes
  11. Sex trafficking survivor to speak at Penn State Fayette