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Lang civil suit heads toward April 22 trial
Jury selection is set for April 22 in the wrongful death suit against Omero Lugo and Raelynda Lehmberg, filed in the Wilson County District Court by David and Philippa Lang of Falls City. The Langs are the parents of Joseph L. “Joey” Lang, a 17-year-old Falls City High School senior who was killed in a Feb. 13, 2009, crash north of Poth. Their case was one of several included in a March 5 docket call in Wilson County District Court.
Lugo is currently serving a 17-year prison sentence, after pleading no contest to one count of intoxication manslaughter and two counts of intoxication assault on Jan. 27, 2010. He was the driver of a 1993 Ford Bronco traveling southbound in the northbound lanes of U.S. 181 prior to the head-on crash with Lang’s 2000 Chevrolet Cobalt. Injured in the crash were Lang’s passengers, Chasity Stone of San Antonio and Dillyn Lewis of Falls City, both 18 at the time.
According to court records, when the suit was filed Feb. 7, 2011, the Langs alleged that Lugo, Lehmberg -- the Bronco’s alleged owner -- and Best Man Inc. and Tagero Inc., both of whom owned the former Junior’s in Floresville, were responsible for their son’s death. Best Man and Tagero were named in the suit since Lugo allegedly consumed a considerable amount of alcoholic beverages there before driving away, but they were dismissed from the suit since this could not be proven.
Lewis since has joined in the suit as an intervening party, citing continued medical bills including nearly $83,000 in hospital bills following the accident, physical impairment, disfigurement, and more.
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