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JUDGMENT OF MORE THAN $17 MILLION ENTERED IN TRAGIC DEATH OF LE YANG DUE TO DELAYED CITY OF LITTLE ROCK 911 RESPONSE

Published on Oct 19, 2017 at 8:18 pm in Little Rock 911.

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.

Arkansas Supreme Court Rules City Of Little Rock Not Immune In Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Published on Feb 13, 2017 at 8:38 pm in Little Rock 911.

Last Thursday, the Arkansas Supreme Court ruled that the City of Little Rock was not immune in a wrongful death lawsuit brought by Dayong Yang, on behalf of his late son, Le Yang, who died after a botched 911 response.

McMath Woods attorneys Bruce McMath, Charles Harrison, and Carter Stein proudly represent Dayong Yang.

Click here for a link to the Arkansas Supreme Court’s decision.

Click here for a link to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s coverage of the decision.

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Article Focuses on Little Rock 911 Staff Shortage and Increased Call Volume

Published on Aug 1, 2016 at 4:26 pm in Little Rock 911.

The front page of this morning’s Arkansas Democrat-Gazette featured an article by Ryan Tarinelli on call volumes and staffing shortages at Little Rock 911 resulting in wait times for 911 callers.  Here’s a link to the article: https://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2016/aug/01/jump-in-calls-shortage-of-staff-lead-to/#/

Little Rock 911 has had staffing shortages for years.  Here’s a link to an article from 2012 addressing the problem: https://katv.com/archive/little-rock-911-dispatch-shortage-grows

The staffing issues and delayed answer times were also addressed in an October 2015 consultant’s report which stated: “[t]he lack of staff appears to be affecting the ability of [Little Rock 911] to provide comprehensive training, answer all calls in a timely manner and provide the required support to field personnel from the dispatch perspective.”

McMath Woods continues to represent the estates of Jinglei Yi and Le Yang, who drowned due to a delayed 911 response by Little Rock 911.

 

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