The family of an Ohio State freshman who lost a leg after being run over by a dump truck in September has filed negligence lawsuits against the university and several contractors.
James Daniel Hughes, a chemical-engineering major from South Point, along the Ohio River, was riding his bike to class on Sept. 5 when he was hit by a dump truck near the entrance to a construction site along Woodruff Avenue.
Hughes, 18, lost his right leg and suffered severe damage to his pelvis and spine. Serious infections also threatened his life, said his attorneys, Steve Crandall and Marc Pera, of Chagrin Falls in Cuyahoga County.
His parents and three siblings are suing Ohio State; the driver of the dump truck, 71-year-old Isaac Hinton of the East Side; and 10 contractors hired by OSU, saying they failed to take the necessary precautions to keep students safe in what they knew was a densely packed area, according to the lawsuits.