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Lawsuit against City of Janesville could soon go to trial

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Beth Wheelock
June 8, 2009

A lawsuit filed by a Janesville man against the City of Janesville could go to trial this fall.


Kevin Speich is suing the city, claiming he was injured while jumping out of the way of a street sweeper near his Milwaukee Street home two years ago. The street sweeper driver says he accidentally hit the gas pedal by putting an abandoned bicycle inside the sweeper. The machine jumped the curb, hit a tree and Speich's garage. Last week, Rock County Circuit Court Judge Ken Forbeck dismissed allegations that the city was negligent for failing to put a warning device on the street sweeper and for failing to adequately train the worker.


The City Council meets in closed session Monday to discuss the city's legal strategy regarding the case.



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