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Attorneys for family of Ralph Nader’s niece to file wrongful death lawsuit

April 4, 2019

A wrongful death lawsuit is expected to be filed Thursday on behalf of the family of Samya Stumo — Connecticut native Ralph Nader’s niece.

Stumo, 24, originally from Sheffield, Mass., was on a trip for her job with the Washington, D.C., health systems development organization ThinkWell when she was killed in a plane crash in Ethiopia on March 10. Stumo was among 156 other passengers and crew on board the plane to die.

Stumo’s family’s attorneys are expected to file the lawsuit on Thursday in federal district court in Chicago. The lawsuit is against Boeing, the manufacturer of the plane, based in Chicago.

An additional claim will be filed Thursday against the Federal Aviation Administration on behalf of Stumo’s family.

Stumo is the daughter of Michael Stumo and Nadia Milleron, both attorneys; and the niece of Ralph Nader, well-known consumer activist and Winsted resident.

In a brief biography provided by the attorneys representing Stumo’s family, they said the woman was a “fearless, radiant spirit” that inspired others to live life to the fullest.

“She was ambitious and passionate about revolutionizing global health,” the bio said. “She cared most about treating all people and patients as human beings, particularly in the context of their culture, family and individuality.”

Stumo worked as an analyst on strategic purchasing for primary health care in six countries through ThinkWell, a global nonprofit. Before working at ThinkWell, Stumo worked as a consultant for the health systems team at the Barcelona Institute for Global Health.

There will be a livestream of the press conference at 11 a.m. CST (noon in Connecticut) with the attorneys at https://youtu.be/5ym_WKOqsfc. Stumo’s family will be at the press conference