The family of a slain journalist, whose death exposed problems with the District's emergency medical care, said yesterday that the city has made significant improvements over the past year.
David E. Rosenbaum's relatives, who agreed last year to forgo a lawsuit against the D.C. government as long as reforms were made, said they were satisfied with the city's efforts so far and that they will end the litigation.
"We believe the city has thus far lived up to its side of the bargain, and we will live up to ours," said Marcus Rosenbaum, David Rosenbaum's brother, speaking at a news conference with Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D).
The event took place at Reno Road and Harrison Street NW, near David Rosenbaum's home and next to a small dogwood tree planted in his memory.
David Rosenbaum, 63, died of a brain injury in January 2006, two days after he was mugged in his neighborhood. He had recently retired, after almost four decades at the New York Times, and was out for an after-dinner walk when he was attacked by two men. D.C. firefighters and emergency medical workers failed to notice a severe head wound that had been inflicted with a metal pipe, and they treated him as a drunk, investigations found.