Dad Files Suit in Pennsylvania Van Death

July 14, 2011

The father of a severely autistic man who died after being left alone in a hot van last year is suing a suburban Philadelphia care facility.

The Philadelphia Daily News reports William Nevins filed a federal lawsuit last week against the residential facility where his 20-year-old son, Bryan, died last July.

Caregiver Stacey Strauss was sentenced to at least 2 years behind bars earlier this year after authorities say she left the Oceanside, N.Y., man inside a locked van on a 97-degree day. Strauss allegedly was distracted by her cellphone.

The suit says Woods Services previously disciplined Strauss for being inattentive and using her cellphone at work. Strauss is also named in the suit.

Woods Services told The Associated Press on Tuesday it would not comment, citing the pending litigation.

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