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Parents of Slain Teacher Sue AAA

July 17, 2000

BOSTON (AP) _ The parents of a young teacher who was raped and murdered after her car broke down sued AAA on Monday, accusing the auto club of leaving her stranded after she called for help.

The lawsuit, which seeks unspecified damages, charges that an AAA tow truck driver left Melissa Gosule, 27, in a parking lot one night last July, saying he was too busy to help.

Gosule was later raped and stabbed by Michael Gentile, who had stopped, supposedly to help. In May, Gentile was convicted of murder.

A lawyer for AAA did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Gosule had returned to her car after riding bike trails on Cape Cod and found it wouldn’t start. Gosule met Gentile shortly afterward, and used his cellular phone to call her stepfather, who then contacted AAA.

But when the tow truck driver arrived, he told Gosule he wouldn’t be able to help for more than four hours, the lawsuit alleges.

Gosule then accepted a ride from Gentile, according to the lawsuit. Her body was found in a shallow grave eight days later.

The lawsuit also names Cubellis Auto & Truck Repair. The tow truck driver, John Cubellis, did not return calls for comment.

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