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Red Wings Limo Driver
(2008-05-19)
(wgvu) - The former limousine driver in the 1997 crash
that injured ex-Red Wings player Vladimir Konstantinov says he fell
asleep at the wheel.
Richard Gnida (gah-nye'-dah) testified Monday in the civil suit
brought by Konstantinov and team masseur Sergei Mnatsakanov
(mah-nat-suh-kan-ohf) against the Findlay, Ohio, Ford dealership
that sold the limo. The crash left both men with disabling brain
injuries.
Gnida said there was no policy in place to make sure seat belts
were visible to passengers. The men were not wearing seat belts.
Defense lawyer James Feeney called Gnida's driving record into
question in an attempt to show that Gambino Westside Limousine
Service was negligent in allowing Gnida to drive. Gnida had two
previous arrests for drunken driving.
Gnida was driving with a revoked license at the time of the June
13, 1997 crash.
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