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Lawsuit filed against Ohio State in case involving injured student

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A lawsuit has been filed against Ohio State on behalf of the 18-year-old student who lost his right leg after being run over by a dump truck in September.

James Daniel Hughes, a first-year student from South Point, Ohio, was hit while riding his bike to class at about 2:45 p.m. near Woodruff Avenue on Sept. 5, close to the entrance of a construction site.

Stephen Crandall, Hughes’ lawyer, said in an email to The Lantern that the lawsuit was filed on behalf of the Hughes family against private entities in Cuyahoga County and OSU in the Court of Claims.

“This lawsuit will be successful in proving justice for Daniel and his family as well as ensure nothing of this magnitude ever happens to another OSU student again,” Crandall said in the email.

OSU spokeswoman Gayle Saunders declined to comment because the case is ongoing.

OSU Police released a report last week on the four-month-long investigation of the accident concluding that no criminal charges will be filed. The report is hundreds of pages long.

Crandall said there was no evidence that Hughes was actually riding his bike when the accident occurred.

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