Columbus to pay $1.2 million to settle wrongful death suit

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The city of Columbus will pay $1.2 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit filed after two fire division paramedics failed to properly treat a woman in cardiac arrest four years ago.

The Columbus Dispatch reports ( ) the settlement, one of the largest in Columbus’ history, ends a nearly four-year court battle over the death of 76-year-old Sonia Bray.

The incident began when Columbus paramedics James Amick and James Hingst were sent to an MRI center in February 2012 following reports of a woman in cardiac arrest.

Prosecutors say the paramedics didn’t treat Bray for nearly 25 minutes. Instead they discussed a pot roast left cooking at the firehouse, among other things.

Assistant city attorney Michael Halloran says city council will vote on the settlement in two to three weeks.


Information from: The Columbus Dispatch,