A jury awarded no damages Wednesday to the family seeking monetary compensation for the 2006 death of 16-year-old Ethan Holznagel.
It was the third day of a civil trial at the courthouse in Mitchell resulting from a lawsuit filed by the Holznagel family against Dependable Sanitation and its former employee, John Cutsinger. The five-man, seven-woman jury returned a verdict in favor of the business and the Norfolk, Neb., man.
The speed at which a 16-year-old was traveling before he was killed in a 2006 traffic collision was hotly contested in local court Tuesday.
It was the second day of a civil trial to determine the outcome of a lawsuit filed by the Holznagel family against Dependable Sanitation and its former employee, John Cutsinger. The Holznagels claim that Cutsinger’s actions while driving for Dependable Sanitation caused the fatal accident, and the family is seeking at least $15,050 in general damages as well as other losses.
Family members of a Mitchell teenager killed in a 2006 traffic crash took the stand in local court Monday as their lawsuit against Dependable Sanitation and its former employee, John Cutsinger, went to trial.
Ethan Holznagel died on April 11, 2006, when his 1994 Chevrolet Corsica collided with a Dependable Sanitation vehicle driven by Cutsinger near the intersection of Eight Avenue and Gamble Street in Mitchell. Holznagel was 16 years old.
Legal motions in a civil case that blames an Aberdeen-based sanitation company for the 2007 death of a 16-year-old Mitchell teenager continued on Tuesday, marking progress in a matter that began nearly three ago.
Ethan Holznagel was 16 when his 1994 Chevrolet Corsica collided with a Dependable Recycling vehicle driven by John Cutsinger near the intersection of Eighth Avenue and Gamble Street on April 11, 2006. Holznagel died approximately 30 minutes later Cutsinger, who was cited for an improper right turn, and his passenger were not injured.
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