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The family of a 14-year-old Cheektowaga girl who died six days after she was involved in a car crash that took the lives of four teen-agers in February began legal action today against the county for alleged medical malpractice.

A legal notice of claim, the first step in a lawsuit, was filed against the county over the treatment Kelly Timmons of Cayuga Creek Road received at the Erie County Medical Center for brain and other injuries following the Feb. 2 crash.

Steven P. Curvin, attorney for the girl's family, declined to comment on the medical factors linked to the legal action.

The girl died Feb. 8 of brain trauma, one day after an operation at the hospital for a injury to her left arm.

She was taken to the hospital in serious condition with a skull fracture the day of the crash, and her medical condition had been upgraded to stable prior to the arm surgery, according to medical records.

County Attorney Patrick H. NeMoyer said the county is reviewing the legal claim but is confident about the medical care provided at the county hospital.

"We have an excellent trauma unit, and our medical care meets all medical standards," NeMoyer said. "Many people make claims against the county that don't bear out."

The Timmons girl was the last of the four victims to die following the crash on Genesee Street and Beach Road about 9:30 p.m. Feb. 2.

Notices of claim were filed against the state and the county, Curvin said, charging that both governments had failed to properly maintain the roads in the Genesee Street area.

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