City responds to lawsuit after woman dies in pond, son in coma

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    Here are family photos of Dangyong Yang, Jinglei Yi and their son Leo Yang. (Photo: Yang Family)
     PDF Document: Little Rock Response to Yang Lawsuit  PDF Document: Yang Lawsuit Against Little Rock

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The city of Little Rock said it is not responsible for the death of a woman who drove into a pond after sliding on a patch of ice.

    Jinglei Yi, 39, died during the January 2013 accident in west Little Rock.  Her son Leo, then age 5, remains in a coma.

    The lawsuit filed by Yi's husband, Dayong Yang, calls the city 'negligent.'  It said the city did not follow its hiring practices when it hired the 911 operator who took the emergency call.

    Authorities said it took 43-minutes for the needed help to reach Yi and her son.

    The city said the 911 operator failed to hit a button, which would have called the Little Rock Fire Department, but still denies responsibility.

    The lawsuit claims the operator should not have been hired because she was fired from Benton 911 after several complaints.  An attorney for the city of Little Rock said the 911 operator had the needed certifications upon making application.

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    Yang's Lawsuit Against City of Little Rock: http://on.kthv.com/16y2o2B

    Little Rock's Response to Yang Lawsuit: http://on.kthv.com/19NIoMd

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