Dad of autistic man in Pa. van death files suit
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The father of a severely autistic man who died after being left alone in a hot van last year is suing a suburban Philadelphia care facility.
The Philadelphia Daily News reports William Nevins filed a federal lawsuit last week against the residential facility where his 20-year-old son, Bryan, died last July.
Caregiver Stacey Strauss was sentenced to at least 2 years behind bars earlier this year after authorities say she left the Oceanside, N.Y. man inside a locked van on a 97-degree day. Strauss allegedly was distracted by her cell phone.
The suit says Wood Services previously disciplined Strauss for being inattentive and using her cell phone at work. Strauss is also named in the suit.
Woods Services did not immediately return a phone message seeking comment early Tuesday.
Information from: Philadelphia Daily News, http://www.philly.com