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School, city sued after accident

Feb 05, 2024 12:55 am

Tiffany Greenwaldt-Simon reports in HudsonValley360.com that the estate of a woman who died last year after falling on Paddock Place filed a lawsuit against the Hudson City School District, City of Hudson, Hudson City Police Department, and the Hudson City School District Board of Education on Jan. 23. Deborah Denine Greene was found unresponsive and stuck between the bars of a wrought-iron fence on Jan. 13, 2023, near the Montgomery C. Smith Elementary School. Greene is believed to have fallen, possibly from a medical condition, and became trapped in the iron fence. She died at the scene after emergency workers used a battering ram to bend the bars on the fence to remove her. But the lawsuit alleges that Green’s head and neck were negligently removed from the fence, and that the school district, city, board and police department, were negligent in their responsibility to maintain the sidewalk and fence. Lawyers for the estate, John Morgan and Michael Ricchiuto, said, “We are seeking justice on behalf of our client.... A family has lost a beloved mother and grandmother, and they never want to see another person injured by the allegedly dangerous conditions and fence on this elementary school property.” Employees from the Greenport Rescue Squad, Hudson Police, and Hudson Fire Department responded to the incident. Representatives for the school system and the police department did not immediately respond with a comment for this story, and Hudson Mayor Kamal Johnson said that he was not allowed to comment on any pending litigation. Read the full story in HudsonValley360.com.