City of Beatrice Not at Fault, in Lawsuit Over 2013 Accident

BEATRICE – A Gage County District Judge has ruled in favor of the City of Beatrice, in a lawsuit seeking damages for a wintry accident in February of 2013.

The suit was filed against the City and Board of Public Works by GNS Corporation.  One of its’ employees was traveling south on U.S. Highway 77 at the intersection of Hospital Parkway when the driver observed a front-end loader clearing snow, took evasive action and lost control, hitting a sign.

At issue was whether the loader operator had obstructed the path of the car.  The incident happened during poor weather when the city had declared a local snow emergency.

District Judge Rick Schreiner, after hearing the evidence, ruled that the driver of the car lost control because he was not operating at a reasonable and prudent speed, given road conditions that existed at the time.  The judge ruled the weight of evidence did not support the claim that the loader had extended onto U.S. Highway 77, while clearing snow from Hospital Parkway.

The lawsuit, filed in February of 2015, had sought damages from the city of $6,596.


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