Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Doctor Sued in Alcohol Death

From the York Daily Record, excerpted below.
Of additional interest is a Symtym comment on the case.

"The complaint alleges Amy S. Gebhardt died after being discharged by the doctor"

A Hanover woman died from alcohol poisoning last year hours after being released from the hospital where police had taken her for a blood alcohol test, according to a complaint filed Tuesday in York County Common Pleas Court.

The woman's mother, Susan Bilbo, is suing Dr. Michael R. Denney, his employer and Hanover Hospital, alleging negligence and wrongful death. …

A blood test showed her blood-alcohol level to be 0.332 percent, more than four times the legal limit for driving.

Bilbo's complaint states that "despite obvious signs of intoxication," Denney discharged Gebhardt back into police custody at 2:24 a.m. with his "okay for incarceration."

Gebhardt was released without bail to her boyfriend after her 3 a.m. arraignment on DUI charges, the complaint states.

The 39-year-old woman was found dead at 7:30 a.m. and, according to the lawsuit, the York County Coroner identified the cause of death as ethanol toxicity. …


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