Ottawa County rescue workers sued over fatal 2017 crash

Published: Jun. 14, 2019 at 5:27 PM EDT
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The Ottawa County Sheriff's office and the first responders on the scene of a triple fatal car accident in August of 2017 are being sued.

The allegations in the $1 million civil suit are that the rescue workers didn't do everything they could to save the life of one of the victims, 18-year old old Barbara Redfern.

The lawsuit was filed by Holly Redfern, Barbara's sister and the attorney on the case is Amanda Andrews.

The accident made heartbreaking headlines in the Summer of 2017 because all three victims had just graduated from Oak Harbor High School. The car driven by 19-year old Cora Roob was hit when she pulled out into the path of an eastbound pick up truck. 19-year old Joshua Coy was riding in the back seat and was also killed in the accident. Barbara Redfern was a front seat passenger.

Among other claims, the lawsuit alleges the rescue workers did not respond urgently enough at the scene of the accident. It goes on to claim that the Sheriff's Deputies on the scene cancelled life fight prematurely and by doing so prevented medical care that could have saved Redfern's life.

Sheriff Steve Lavorchick says that the decision to cancel the air ambulance was made by the local fire department when they determined the victims could not be saved, adding that all charges related to the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office are categorically false and the lawsuit is ill-informed.