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April 16, 2013

Lawsuits filed in year-old accident


Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Davis, who like Ashley Wallace is represented by the William Mattar law firm, also claimed in his suit that Dunn was intoxicated.

Separately, Danny P. Dunn Sr. and Anita L. Dunn filed suit against former county coroner Jackman, former fire chief Salerno and their employers at the time of the accident. The Dunns’ suit says the taking of their son’s body tissue was observed by bystanders and witnesses “who found the conduct to be so repulsive as to cause them to report the incident to law enforcement officers.” The taking was not known to Dunn’s parents until the sheriff’s office launched an investigation, after Dunn’s funeral, the suit noted.

Jackman resigned from the Fourth District coroner’s post, and Salerno resigned as Cambria fire chief, several weeks after the accident that killed Dunn. Both men admitted they’d mishandled human remains — as they didn’t have Dunn’s or his survivors’ permission to take his tissue — and pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of obstructing government administration. They were fined $1,000 a piece, ordered to perform 100 hours of community service with the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and ordered to write letters of apology to Dunn’s family.

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