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By Erin Conway-Smith
Shinerama's parent charity has also been named in a lawsuit seeking damages for Andrea Lazare, an off-campus soph who was injured during the Orientation week fundraising activity.
"Just yesterday we were informed that Andrea Lazare intended to file a suit against us," said June Pierotti, director of communications for the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, which oversees Shinerama.
Lazare, a fourth-year political science student, suffered a broken pelvis and injuries to her head and leg as a result of a Sept. 8 Shinerama Day accident.
A 17-year-old female from Kincardine was charged with careless driving after her truck lost control at the Fanshawe Road and Adelaide Street intersection, hitting Lazare and two other Western students who were soliciting donations.
The other two students received minor injuries.
To her knowledge, Pierotti said Shinerama has not been sued in the past.
Letters of intent recently received by Western and the University Students' Council indicated Lazare's intention to take legal action against the two parties for their roles in planning and organizing the event.
Peter Mercer, Western's VP-administration and general counsel, said the university would not have any responsibility for Lazare's accident because Shinerama is a USC event.
USC President Mike Lawless said he does not believe the suit will offer a major threat to the USC.
Both the USC and Western have turned over responsibility for the suit to their respective insurance companies.
The USC has not been contacted by anyone from the CCFF Shinerama campaign in any way, Lawless said. "All we know is that we have been named in the suit."
On Wednesday, Lazare's lawyer Terry Wilson said he could not provide additional information.
Jeff Lazare, Andrea's father, said his daughter does not to wish to comment on the accident.