The estate of Le Yang, who died at age 7 on January 19, 2015, from injuries suffered in a January 14, 2013, drowning incident following a delayed emergency response, has been awarded a judgment of $17,627,638.04 against Candance Middleton, the former City of Little Rock 911 call taker who mishandled the 911 call.
On January 14, 2013, Jinglei Yi, and her then five-year-old son Le Yang, were driving to Le’s preschool when her SUV hit a patch of black ice near the intersection of Capitol Hill Boulevard and Pennsylvania Avenue/Rushmore Avenue in Little Rock. Jinglei’s SUV left the roadway and ended up in a pond just south of Capitol Hill Boulevard. Jinglei called 911 and was told by Candace Middleton, a City of Little Rock 911 Call Taker, that help was on the way. Middleton dispatched MEMS to the scene. When MEMS arrived at the scene, it was discovered that Middleton had failed to dispatch police and fire department water rescue. Approximately 55 minutes passed from the time Jinglei called 911 until Le was pulled from the submerged SUV. Jinglei died later that morning. Le lived for two years before dying from his drowning related injuries.