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Sheboygan council to consider damage claim for family of teen killed by city vehicle

SHEBOYGAN, WI (WTAQ) - The family of a Sheboygan teenager struck and killed by a city vehicle in 2011 now wants a quarter-million dollars in damages.  

Relatives of 18-year-old Jaime Olivas have filed a damage claim to be considered by the Common Council Monday night. If it's rejected, the family can file suit.  

Olivas was crossing a street, away from a crosswalk, when he was hit by a Sheboygan public works vehicle.  

The family said the city was negligent because it mounted a leaf-collection system in a way that obstructed the driver's vision. The damage claim also said the driver was negligent because he failed to see Olivas.  

The driver had worked for the city for 38 years, and was ten days away from retirement when the incident occurred.  

An investigation by the State Patrol showed that the leaf vacuum was a major factor in the mishap, along with the decision by Olivas to walk on the street away from a crosswalk.  

Media reports said safety concerns were raised before the death -- and it prompted them to get new leaf-vacuum systems mounted behind city trucks instead of in front.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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