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File #: 190683.    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Staff Recommendation Status: Passed
File created: 11/22/2019 In control: City Attorney
On agenda: 12/5/2019 Final action: 12/5/2019
Title: Addison Chantz Thomas v. City of Gainesville d/b/a Gainesville Regional Utilities; Case No. 2018-CA-361; Eighth Judicial Circuit, in and for Alachua County, Florida. (NB)
title
Addison Chantz Thomas v. City of Gainesville d/b/a Gainesville Regional Utilities; Case No. 2018-CA-361; Eighth Judicial Circuit, in and for Alachua County, Florida. (NB)

recommendation
The City Commission: 1) approve the terms of the negotiated settlement agreement; and 2) authorize the City Attorney to settle the claims of Addison Chantz Thomas, arising from an accident that occurred on or about October 7, 2015.

explanation
On October 7, 2015, at approximately 8:19 p.m., a City-owned sports utility vehicle driven by a City employee collided with a pickup truck carrying Mr. Thomas as a front-seat passenger. The accident occurred at the intersection of NW 115th Terrace and NW 39th Avenue. Prior to the accident, the City employee (since retired) was heading home after using the gym located at the GRU Eastside Operations Center. The City vehicle was assigned to the employee as a take-home vehicle. The employee, who had supervisory authority over the GRU electric substations, was heading west on NW 39th Avenue and decided to check whether the gate at the Springhill substation on NW 115th Terrace was properly secured. After visually checking the gate, the employee made a u-turn and proceeded back toward NW 39th Avenue. Upon reaching the intersection with NW 39th Avenue, the employee failed to stop at the stop sign, and collided with the pickup truck that was travelling west on NW 39th Avenue. The pickup truck rolled over and ejected two passengers, including Mr. Thomas.

Emergency vehicles reported to the scene of the accident, and Mr. Thomas was transported to the emergency room with life-threatening injuries. He suffered significant injuries, underwent multiple surgeries, and was hospitalized for 24 days. Many of the injuries are permanent or ongoing in nature. His medical bills related to this accident exceeded $300,000. At trial, his claimed damages would include the medical bills, plus future medical treatment, lost wages, and for damag...

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