A Walworth County committee Monday denied a claim filed by an East Troy man who is seeking $250,000 from the county to cover injuries he says he sustained when a sheriff’s deputy hit the car in which he was a passenger.
William C. Hotz, of 1706 Steeple Drive, East Troy, filed the claim Dec. 28 for an incident that occurred two years earlier. The claim alleges that sheriff’s Deputy Timothy M. Ruszkiewicz drove into an intersection with only emergency lights on and hit the car in which Hotz was riding.
The Walworth County Executive Committee discussed the claim in its meeting Monday. After a closed session, members voted to serve a notice of disallowance on the claim.
Hotz’s attorney, Christopher A. Duesing, could not immediately be reached for comment on the possibility of a lawsuit.
The collision took place at about 5:55 p.m. Dec. 16, 2015, as Ruszkiewicz drove northbound on Clark Street into the intersection with County ES (Main Street) in the village of East Troy, according to the claim and an accident report. The car Hotz was in was westbound as it approached the intersection and collided with the squad car.
Hotz incurred more than $50,690.76 in medical expenses and wage losses of $4,482 after injuring his neck, upper back and left shoulder, the claim states. The claim also requests compensation for mental anxiety, distress and future medical bills.
Ruszkiewicz showed “negligence” because he failed to maintain a proper lookout, drove inattentively, drove too fast for conditions and failed to yield, the claim states.
The accident report noted that visibility was obscured for both drivers. Driver factors listed in the report are failure to yield the right of way for Ruszkiewicz and the other driver.