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Jury selection begins in Red Wings limousine lawsuit
(2008-04-28)
(wgvu) - DETROIT (AP) - Jury selection is under way in Detroit federal
court in a lawsuit brought by a former Red Wings player and a team
masseuse a decade after a limousine crash that left them both
permanently injured.
On June 13, 1997, Vladimir Konstantinov, teammate Slava Fetisov
and team masseur Sergei Mnatsakanov were being driven home from a
party when driver Richard Gnida lost control of the car in suburban
Detroit.
Gnida was convicted of driving with a suspended license.
Konstantinov and Mnatsakanov suffered brain injuries. Fetisov was
able to return to the ice.
The men weren't wearing seat belts.
They are suing a Findlay, Ohio, Ford dealership that sold the
limo to a Michigan company.
The dealership has argued in court papers that it shouldn't be
held responsible because it didn't make the vehicle.

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