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Grieving Mother Sues Metro Over Death Of Her Son

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by Nick Beres

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A grieving mother is suing Metro government for her son's death.

The case stems from a wreck on Springfield Highway last May.  Lori Gregory's 18-year-old son, J.R., died after a head-on collision.

It happened just a mile and half from a Robertson County ambulance in Ridgetop, just two minutes away.

But the wreck happened in Davidson County. Metro did not call Ridgetop for help and Metro ambulance took 10 to 15 minutes to arrive.

"I don't know if it would have saved him or not, but anybody knows the sooner you get to a person the more chances they have of survival," said Gregory.

Gregory and her lawyers Fletcher Long and Carrie Gasaway filed a lawsuit on Thursday claiming " ... the refusal of Metro to summon help from the nearest available first responders reduced her son's chances of survival or, at mimimum, incrased the pain and suffering."

Gregory is seeking money and a change of policy that would require the nearest ambulance be sent to the scene regardless of the county.

Metro does not comment on pending lawsuits. Last year, Metro fire officials explained it's impossible to know how bad a crash is until they get there.  They didn't ask for help because they didn't know they needed it.

Email: nberes@newschannel5.com

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