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Man sues Lorain, police for 2017 crash


A Vermilion man is suing the city of Lorain and its police department for injuries he sustained in a crash two years ago.

Thomas Haner is alleging he suffered lost wages and some permanent injuries as a result of a crash July 18, 2017. According to his filing, Raymond Dennis, who was driving his Lorain Auxiliary Police vehicle, failed to yield to Haner at the intersection of West 21st Street and Leavitt Road. Haner alleges he sustained injuries to his left shoulder, left arm, left knee, chest, abdomen, head, neck and back the resulting crash.

Haner’s filing goes on to allege the city entrusted its vehicle to Dennis when it knew or should have known Dennis was underinsured or uninsured at the time of the crash.

For the five counts against Dennis, Haner is asking for a total of $125,000 in damages plus attorney fees.

As Dennis was operating as a city employee at the time of the crash, the city and its police department are liable and responsible for damages.

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