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Family of girl killed on Upper West Side plans legal action

Wednesday, June 12, 2013
mother of 4 year old girl child killed in upper west side accident

Lawyers for the family of a 4-year-old girl who was fatally struck by an unlicensed teenage driver say they will file a wrongful death action.

Attorneys representing the family of 4-year-old Ariel Russo planned a news conference Tuesday afternoon.

Ariel and her grandmother were walking on the Upper West Side when they were struck by an SUV that jumped a curb on June 4.

Ariel's grandmother remains hospitalized.

Seventeen-year-old Franklin Reyes is charged with vehicular manslaughter. He was driving with a learner's permit.

Ariel's mother, Sofia Russo, tells the Daily News that it took too long for an ambulance to reach her daughter.

The Fire Department blamed a four-minute delay on human error.

The city's Law Department did not immediately respond to a comment request.

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