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OU asks court to dismiss lawsuit for alleged bus accident

Ohio University filed a response in the Ohio Court of Claims on Tuesday asking the court to dismiss the lawsuit of a Cincinnati woman, who claims she was hit by a CATS bus in September 2011.

Samantha Reidy, a student at the University of Cincinnati, Clermont campus, filed a complaint against OU in October asking for $25,000 in damages for allegedly being hit by a CATS bus on a college tour with her grandparents, according to court documents.

OU filed an answer to the complaint Tuesday claiming that the incident was not the university’s fault.

Reidy claims that she suffered multiple injuries, pain, suffering and loss of wages because of the injuries she allegedly sustained after being hit by the bus driven by OU employee Emily Keeley.

Witnesses said Reidy was distracted while crossing the street and the bus struck her ankle, leaving her unable to stand. She was taken to the emergency room at O’Bleness Memorial Hospital, according to a previous Post article.

In Tuesday’s answer, OU agreed that the bus was university property and that Keeley was acting as a university employee. Keeley is also an OU student.

However, the university claimed the alleged injuries and damages Reidy suffered were due to her own negligence and wrongful acts.

OU also claims that Reidy offered no claim upon which relief can be granted, according to court documents.

Neither the court nor Reidy has issued a response to the answer OU filed.

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