Survivor of Limo Crash That Killed 4 Friends Sues

Olga Lipets' jaw remains wired shut after July 18 crash
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 1, 2015 5:30 AM CDT
Survivor of Limo Crash That Killed 4 Friends Sues
Authorities investigate the scene of a fatal crash between a limousine and sports utility vehicle Saturday, July 18, 2015, in Cutchogue, NY.   (Randee Daddona/Newsday via AP)

One of the survivors of a crash on Long Island that killed four women when their limousine collided with a pickup truck has sued both drivers and the companies involved. The lawsuit was filed Thursday by an attorney for 24-year-old Olga Lipets. The Brooklyn woman is seeking unspecified damages for the injuries she suffered in the July 18 crash in Cutchogue. The limo was struck by the pickup while making a U-turn after a tour of the area's wine country.

Attorney Jason Paris says Lipets has undergone surgery for multiple fractures. "She unfortunately has her jaw wired shut as a result of her broken jaw, in addition to her leg injuries," Paris tells CBS New York. She hasn't been able to return to her graduate studies in speech pathology communication since the crash, he adds. The lawsuit names the pickup truck driver, the company he co-owns, the limo driver and his employer as defendants. The pickup driver, Steven Romeo, has pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor DWI charge. His attorney had no immediate comment on the lawsuit. (More car crash stories.)

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