The Times-Tribune reported a lawsuit filed on behalf of former Jewish Home resident Elizabeth LaCoste against the Scranton nursing home, claiming aides were negligent when they left Mrs. LaCoste unattended in her wheelchair, which rolled away and crashed, throwing her onto the street. Mrs. LaCoste suffered a broken collarbone, a head injury, bruises and abrasions.
The preventable incident occurred after Mrs. LaCoste and several other residents had been driven from the nursing home to center city Scranton to watch a musical performance. Sometime between 1 and 1:30 p.m., Mrs. LaCoste was left alone and unsupervised in her wheelchair on a sidewalk that pitched toward Spruce Street. The wheelchair rolled toward the street and jumped the curb, heaving her out of the wheelchair and onto the street. She suffered significant injuries and died months later.