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Ferry Victim Seeks $125m Damages

Oct 27, 2003 |

A woman who claims she was trapped in the wreckage of the crashed Staten Island ferry in New York is demanding $125 million in compensation.

Ivette Jones is one of many people expected to file multi-million pound lawsuits against New York City following the accident on October 15, which killed 10 people and injured dozens more.

The 42-year-old claims she feels sick when she uses the ferry to get to work from her Staten Island home, and that she can no longer sleep.

Ms Jones's lawsuit names the boat's pilot, Richard Smith, who was at the controls when it smashed into the pier at high speed.

He is still in hospital after a suicide attempt following the disaster.

It also names the ship's captain, Michael Gansas, who has so far failed to answer investigator's questions.

Ms Jones' legal papers state she suffered "severe and permanent personal injuries," including "emotional distress".

The lawsuit says she was "thrown about" and "trapped" in the boat when it crashed.

Another victim of the crash, Debra Castro, 39, who lost both legs in the disaster, is seeking much less in compensation - $78 million.

Another survivor, Dinah Washington, 28, and her seven-year-old son, Jalil, have filed papers saying they will ask for $6.25 million in damages for multiple injuries.

Others who were injured, and the families of the dead, are also expected to make claims in the coming days and weeks.

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