Man sues church after losing leg in crucifix accident

By David Ferguson
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 11:46 EDT
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A man whose leg was amputated after an accident involving a 600-pound crucifix is suing the Hudson Valley, NY church that owns the cross. According to the Associated Press, church volunteer David Jiminez was cleaning the edifice when it fell on him and injured his leg in May of 2010.

White Plains attorney Kevin Kitson, who is representing Jimenez, said that his client volunteered to clean the crucifix at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church after praying to it for his wife’s recovery from ovarian cancer. When it appeared that his prayers were answered, the grateful husband offered to perform the duty as a show of thanks to god and to the church.

Now Jimenez, whose injuries were too extensive for his leg to be saved, is suing St. Patrick’s for $3 million. The church claims it is not liable for the mishap.

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David Ferguson
David Ferguson
David Ferguson is an editor at Raw Story. He was previously writer and radio producer in Athens, Georgia, hosting two shows for Georgia Public Broadcasting and blogging at Firedoglake.com and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book.
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