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Parents of Girl Struck and Killed by SUV Don't Want City to Stop 911 System Upgrade

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The parents of a 4-year-old girl who was struck and killed by a car last June said Tuesday that they don't want the city to stop its upgrade of the 911 system, fearing the move could endanger more lives.

Ariel Russo died after she was hit by an SUV last June on Manhattan's Upper West Side.

It took four minutes for an ambulance to be dispatched.

Officials say the cause was human error.

Sanford Rubenstein, the Russo family attorney, said the mayor should be as concerned with the quality of the 911 system as he is with money.

"Is this an investigation merely into cost overruns, or are there problems that affect the safety and the lives of all New Yorkers?" Rubenstein said. "Do we have a 911 system that's broken, and as such, are the lives of New Yorkers at stake?"

On Tuesday, the city ordered an investigation into and a 60-day suspension of the so-called Emergency Communications Technology Project.

The Russo family is also in the middle of a civil lawsuit against the city.

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