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Arkansas judge orders ex-dispatcher to pay $17.6M; she is liable for damages in suffering, death of boy

By Eric Besson

This article was published October 20, 2017 at 4:30 a.m.

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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/BENJAMIN KRAIN --1/14/2013-- Little Rock firefighters recover a vehicle submerged in a lake at Cooper Orbit Road and Rushmore Road. Ice on the road caused the driver to loose control of the vehicle.

A Pulaski County judge found a former Little Rock emergency call taker liable for $17.6 million related to the suffering and death of Le Yang, who in 2013 nearly drowned in an SUV submerged in a pond while he and his mom waited nearly an hour for rescue.

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HarleyOwner says... October 20, 2017 at 4:31 p.m.

It was a very tragic thing but I don't see any way that woman is going be be able to pay $17 million.

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PopulistMom says... October 20, 2017 at 10:14 p.m.

Harley,

You are correct. I'm afraid that some of her supervisors and the city should be held responsible. Poor communications and improper staffing.

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CartoonDude says... October 21, 2017 at 8:15 a.m.

The mother was driving too fast for the road conditions, but the dispatcher is liable for the deaths?

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information19 says... October 23, 2017 at 6:03 a.m.

Why does the lowest paid employee ALWAYS get hung out and pay the cost of poor management & organizational development?

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AuntPetunia says... October 23, 2017 at 6:50 a.m.

Cartoon, how do you know that she was driving too fast? Regardless, the dispatcher was still required to do her job. I agree that the city is liable and it is ridiculous to expect one incompetent employee to pay the damages

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pauljohnson says... October 24, 2017 at 8:43 p.m.

I cannot believe you writers are demeaning and blaming the mother. How does anyone know what the dispatcher's pay is and why is that relevant to her not doing her job. She obviously has not done her job in the past. Blame the city for hiring someone inadequate to handle their job and it costs lives when you cannot do your job. How does anyone know how fast the driver was going? Probably because she was Asian.

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drs01 says... November 20, 2017 at 6:56 p.m.

Paul Johnson is using race as a defense. He must be a lawyer. This judge is brain dead if he thinks this judgement will ever be paid. 911 employees are underpaid; in fact, the city just reevaluated the positions to a higher pay grade because RETENTION was a big problem, and even today there are vacancies that have been difficult to fill. This lawsuit judgement will make it even harder to get people.

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nlrar009 says... November 20, 2017 at 8:12 p.m.

Higher pay won't fix retention if management is poor.

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LR1955 says... November 21, 2017 at 7:24 p.m.

I wonder if the husband/father & his attorney have looked into the vehicle manufacture’s liability? AWD, if so equipped, gives many drivers a false sense of security in inclimate weather driving.
Auto manufacturers have much deeper pockets than a dispatcher or the city of LR.

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