Girl Shocked by Power Line; Family Sues

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CLEVELAND -- Just a few days after the city was hit with remnants of Hurricane Sandy, 12-year-old Gasia Thomas and her sister were walking near their home on East 130th Street when a downed power wire caused her to fall to the sidewalk.

She was shocked and the electrical current caused her heart to stop.

No court date has been set to the hear lawsuit.  The family is seeking more than $25,000 in damages.

The suit states FirstEnergy and Cleveland city officials should have properly maintained and repaired the line. 

According to the suit, residents who lived in the area reported the line down on Oct. 29.

"I was walking around, trying to get up to find out if the library was open and I saw it down, this was one day right after the storm and it was down for at least two days," said Marshall Scott, who lives nearby.  "Saw the light company and they went past it.  I guess they didn't notice it."

Because of the accident, the child has suffered permanent brain injury, severe burns, and scarring.

Her sister, Jordan Thomas, also sustained injuries from attempting to rescue her.

Others who live in the area say they don't believe something like this should have happened.

FirstEnergy officials say the cannot comment because the suit is pending.

The family and their attorney say they did not want to comment on the suit at this time.

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