Village to sue driver for property damage

By 
DAN BENSON
Ozaukee Press Staff

The Saukville Village Board last week directed the village attorney to file a lawsuit against a West Bend woman who last year lost control of her car and crashed into a fire hydrant, knocking it into a nearby building and damaging other equipment.

The damage totaled $25,000.

According to a civil complaint to be filed in Ozaukee County Circuit Court and distributed last week to village trustees, Kaitlyn M. Ragghianti’s insurance company offered to pay $10,000, the limit of her liability coverage, to settle the case. 

Village Attorney Gerry Antoine recommended, however, that trustees not agree to the offer and instead sue Ragghianti and the insurance company for the full $25,000.

According to an accident report from the Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Office, at about 5:48 p.m. on Sept. 5, 2018, Ragghianti lost control of her 2006 Ford Fusion as she negotiated an eastbound turn on Highway 33 at Ulao St. and in the process hydroplaned on wet, slick pavement.

The vehicle crashed into a fire hydrant, knocking it into a nearby building, causing her air bags to be deployed and damaging the front end of her car.

Ragghianti was transported by ambulance to Aurora Medical Center in Grafton. She was not cited.

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