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Man Sues Driver Of Truck In Daughter’s Death

January 30, 1992

STROUDSBURG, Pa. (AP) _ A 38-year-old man who once faced charges from his daughter’s death in a car accident is now suing the driver of the pickup truck that struck and killed her.

Angelo Sergi of Tobyhanna Township alleges Thomas Galucci was speeding and driving his pickup carelessly when it struck 4-year-old Theresa Sergi after she fell out of her father’s car in Scotrun on Dec. 18, 1990.

In a lawsuit filed this week in Monroe County Common Pleas Court, Sergi seeks at least $20,000 from the Galucci, of Swiftwater, for loss of earnings, pain and suffering.

Galucci’s lawyer, Patrick Dougherty, said Sergi was the one liable for his daughter’s death. He alleged Sergi was negligent for making an illegal U-turn, for driving with a faulty passenger door and for not securing Theresa with a seat belt, as required by state law.

Involuntary manslaughter charges against Sergi had been dropped earlier this month by Monroe County District Attorney James P. Gregor, who called the situation unfortunate but declined to continue with the case.

However, authorities in Collin County, Texas, which is north of Dallas, are seeking Sergi’s extradition from Pennsylvania for violating probation in a 1985 child-abuse conviction.

Robert Rosenblum, Sergi’s lawyer, said his client had been placed on seven years’ probation for hitting with a belt an 8-year-old daughter from his wife’s previous marriage.

Under the terms of the sentence, Sergi was required to pay $500 a year for supervisory fees.

Rosenblum said he was challenging the extradition request on the grounds that his client could not afford to pay because of a work-related disability in 1988.

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