Family files wrongful death lawsuit against town of Hempstead after high school basketball star killed

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UNIONDALE, Lengthy Island (WABC) — The household of a highschool basketball star from Lengthy Island is submitting a $150 million wrongful dying lawsuit towards the city of Hempstead and different authorities entities.

Legal professionals say 15-year-old Jomani JoJo Wright would be alive today if the city and others had taken care of the highway the teenager died on. However as an alternative, they are saying the neglect in communities of colour value the teenager his life.

“Why was my child unsafe? How come my child did not come house,” Joseph Wright stated.

Jomani Wright ought to have been secure and will have come house from a basketball exercise in January, however tragically, the automotive he was driving in was T-boned – sending it crashing right into a pole. And JoJo did not make it house.

“How does a dad or mum get that telephone name?” Wright stated. “How are you at work and your spouse calls you crying as a result of your son is gone. Your youngest child is gone.”

On Wednesday afternoon, on the intersection of Maple and Entrance, the place JoJo was killed, the household and buddies of the Uniondale basketball star gathered with their attorneys.

They introduced a wrongful dying lawsuit towards the City of Hempstead for failure to keep up the intersection.

“This harmful, faulty dying entice at Entrance Road and Maple Avenue, right here within the city of Hempstead was identified by everyone,” stated civil rights lawyer Ben Crump.
For the reason that wreck, a cease signal has been put in on the intersection, however the household says the development does not go far sufficient.

“We’re calling in town and all municipalities to make it possible for these infrastructure {dollars} that President Biden talked about simply two days in the past,” stated household lawyer Heather M. Palmore. “That the communities of colour are made a precedence.”

In response to Wednesday’s submitting, the city of Hempstead stated: “The city doesn’t touch upon ongoing litigation.”

“What number of extra youngsters are going to need to die? Are we going to be right here once more? It is a easy repair,” Wright stated.

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