Kansas to appeal jury award linked to deadly 2007 accident

Gavel (KSN News)
Gavel (KSN News)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – The state of Kansas plans to appeal a jury’s ruling that it pay $120,000 to the family of a 2007 car crash victim who died after a state trooper demanded she be sent to Missouri hospitals rather than a closer one in Kansas.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the Kansas Court of Appeals has upheld the 2014 jury award related to Kristin Saragusa’s death.

Authorities say Charles Barker was fleeing a trooper when his car collided with an oncoming car occupied by Saragusa.

An ambulance carrying Saragusa initially was sent to a Kansas hospital four minutes away but was rerouted to two Missouri hospitals, keeping her in an ambulance for 16 minutes.

Jurors during the trial over the Saragusa family’s lawsuit assessed the state’s liability at $120,000.