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UPDATE: City of Waterloo sued over 2015 crash

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UPDATE: The City of Waterloo is facing a lawsuit following a 2015 crash involving a Waterloo Police squad car.

Tammy and Christopher Smith filed the lawsuit Tuesday, naming the City of Waterloo and Police Officer David Bovy as the Defendants.  In the suit, the couple alleges Officer Bovy caused a November 2015 crash, in which Tammy Smith sustained serious injuries. The lawsuit alleges those injuries will continue to affect her throughout her life.

The crash happened on November 25, 2015, at the intersection of San Marnan Drive and La Porte Road.  The suit claims Officer Bovy drove into the intersection through a red light and failed to put his emergency lights on until right before the crash.

The Smiths and a pickup truck were driving through the intersection when both vehicles collided with the patrol car.  The Smiths say the light was green when they entered the intersection.

The couple is asking for compensation for medical bills and future medical bills related to Tammy's injuries. The couple is also asking for compensation for a loss in the quality of life for both Tammy and Christopher Smith.  The lawsuit does not ask for a specific dollar amount in damages or compensation. 

The lawyers representing the Smiths gave KWWL this statement:

“We have great respect for the City of Waterloo and its police officers, but we think this case brings up an important reminder regarding the use of emergency lights by police vehicles in response to calls and the need to balance that with public safety. Beyond that, we think the information set forth in our petition is clear and we would prefer not to make any further public comment at this time so as to allow the public to come to their own conclusions.” -Beecher, Field, Walker, Morris, Hoffman & Johnson, P.C.

   
KWWL also reached out to the City of Waterloo, but has not heard back at this time.

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