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City denies claim from car crash

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December 27, 2007

An Edgerton woman whose vehicle was struck by a Janesville police squad car in August plans to sue the city for medical expenses and pain and suffering.


The city council Wednesday denied a $27,500 claim filed by Lorillee Castiglioni and her husband, Anthony Castiglioni.


A claim is considered a precursor to a lawsuit.


The crash occurred Aug. 21 as officer Karl Mikkelsen was responding to a crash at Milton and Blaine avenues.


Mikkelsen approached the scene traveling north on Milton Avenue and tried to make a U-turn to protect the accident scene. In the process, the squad car he was driving struck the passenger side of Castiglioni’s vehicle.


The claim states that Mikkelsen “turned on his flashers” but failed to exercise caution when making the U-turn.


“The failure of officer Mikkelsen to exercise reasonable care in operating the motor vehicle caused the motor vehicle accident,” according to the claim.


The Wisconsin State Patrol investigated the incident. Although the accident report stated Mikkelsen made an improper turn, the investigating trooper concluded that neither party should be cited.


Lorillee Castiglioni’s claim, filed Dec. 12, says she has incurred about $5,000 in medical expenses, including treatment for neck and back injuries.


The couple are seeking $25,000 for medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering, as well as $2,500 for Anthony Castiglioni’s loss of companionship.



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