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Insurance company files suit against city

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By Calen McKinney

A Louisville insurance company has filed suit against the city, claiming that it failed to maintain a stop sign that caused a crash on South Central Avenue.

Louisville attorney Craig Hazelet Clark filed suit in Taylor Circuit Court on behalf of American National Property & Casualty Co. of Louisville on July 31. City of Campbellsville is listed as the defendant.

According to the claim, ANPAC provides insurance for Jody Gomez, who owns a vehicle that was involved in a crash in Campbellsville on April 23, 2011.

The claim alleges that at the intersection of South Central Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, the city failed to maintain a stop sign.

ANPAC claims that the city's failure led to a collision between Gomez's vehicle, which was being driven by Zachary C. Warner, and another vehicle being driven by Gregory H. Tungate.

The claim alleges the collision caused damage to Gomez's vehicle and injury to the passengers in the vehicle.

As a result of the collision, the claim alleges, ANPAC paid damages that totaled $38,228.61. ANPAC claims the city is responsible for those damages and asks that it be reimbursed for them. ANPAC is also asking for interest and court costs.

Campbellsville Mayor Tony Young did not respond to a request for comment about the claim. City Attorney John Miller referred comment on the claim to Elizabethtown attorney Jason Bell.

At press time, neither Bell nor Clark had returned phone calls to comment.

City of Campbellsville had not filed a formal answer to the complaint at press time, nor were there any pending court dates set in the case.