Jury in Sheboygan Deliberating on Garbage Truck Tragedy Case

Four years after a teenager was hit and killed going to school the family of Jaime Olivas is hoping to get justice.

After a three day trial, the jury is deliberating in a wrongful death case.

The family of Jaime Olivas brought the charges forward in 2014. The estate of Jaime Olivas is bringing the wrongful death case against the City of Sheboygan, the Cities and Villages Mutual Insurance Company, and Gary Niemann.

Olivas was hit by a City of Sheboygan leaf collecting truck in 2011. Niemann was driving the truck, and Olivas was 18 years old, and was on his way to school.

Niemann was just a month away from retirement when the crash happened.

On Thursday, both sides gave their closing arguments. 

Attorney James Conway represents the defendants, the City of Sheboygan the Cities and Villages Mutual Insurance Company, and Gary Niemann. He argued Olivas didn't look before he crossed the street, and didn't use the crosswalk.

"You'd have to place 80 percent negligence to Olivas," said Conway.

Attorney David Lisco represents the plaintiff, the Estate of Jaime Olivas. He argued the driver wasn't able to see Olivas because his view was blocked by a leaf collector.

"You have to remember that there's nothing more important than being able to see through your windshield... How come [Niemann] didn't see him? Because he had a blind spot," said Lisco.

After being dismissed, the jury asked two clarifying questions. They have recessed and will begin deliberation at 8:30 a.m. on Friday.


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