Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Suit Says Caretakers Ran Over Client.

Byline: Guillermo Contreras Journal Staff Writer

* Disabled man suffered broken legs after group home's van allegedly struck him

Employees of an Albuquerque group home accidentally ran a van over a client with cerebral palsy shortly after he fell down a flight of stairs at a Madrid bar, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court.

The lawsuit contends that an employee of Cimarron Group Home, which is run by the Association for Retarded Citizens of Albuquerque, hit or ran over Billy Johnson, 27, as they tried to load him in it outside the Mine Shaft Tavern.

Johnson's legs were broken in the incident, according to the suit.

The suit said that instead of calling for an ambulance or police, the employees put Johnson in the van and drove more than 50 miles back to the group home in Albuquerque. …

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