Lawsuit filed in woman’s death

WARREN – Survivors of a Niles woman known as a frequent walker in and around the Eastwood Mall have filed a wrongful death lawsuit, seeking damages after the woman was killed two years ago by a garbage truck outside the Steak ‘n Shake restaurant.

The daughter of Wilma Jean Hall, 66, of Royal Mall Drive, is seeking more than $25,000 in damages for the March 24, 2012, death. The case was filed in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court and assigned to Judge Andrew Logan. No hearing date has been set.

Named defendants in the lawsuit were Arthur Woolensack of Youngstown, who was driving the truck that was servicing the Dumpster outside the restaurant; Ohio Valley Waste Services; and the restaurant.

Survivors, including Hall’s daughter Carmella Rosasco, who lived with her mother, are claiming negligence in the early morning accident.

The defendants did not comment.

City police spokesman Capt. Ken Criswell said at the time that it appears that Hall left the restaurant and somehow stumbled and hit against the side of the truck before falling underneath it.

Hall attended schools in Trumbull County, and had been employed by Cafe 422, Trumbull Memorial Hospital and Perkins Family Restaurant. A person who enjoyed walking for hours upon hours, she enjoyed cooking, viewing nature’s scenery, and was a friend to anyone and everyone, according to the woman’s obituary.

After the accident, friends of Hall held a large memorial service and tribute for the woman, hosted by St. Joe’s at the Mall inside the Eastwood Mall.