Katheryn McCarty said she doesn’t feel the city has handled the situation properly, which is one of the reasons for the lawsuit.
“It was more about how things were handled for us and how we found out about his death than anything else,” she said at the press conference. “Even now, trying to get information … (the city is) not willing to work with us. It seems they don’t realize that there’s a face behind what happened.”
Understandably, she said her family’s lives will never be the same.
“It’s changed our lives dramatically,” she said. “There isn’t a day that it’s not an issue for the children. We talk about it and it’s something that’s always on their mind and I guess you don’t understand it until you’re in that position to how it affects them.”
She added that it’s a tough situation to explain to her sons, who were 7 and 9 at the time of their father’s death.
“You don’t (explain it to them), it’s not like it was their pet or something,” she said. “It was someone who was their world to them. That’s their dad. It’s awful, there’s no easy way to do it.”
She too says she can’t understand why Gephart had continued to be employed.
“The fact that this is a city employee and that they’re standing behind him, and he was still employed after the first accident and looking at his driving record, it’s unbelievable that he was even a driver for the city,” she said. “It wasn’t even a private company. I don’t understand why he even had a position like that or that responsibility.”
Bymaster said they will be seeking damages to compensate for medical, funeral, and burial expenses, and lost earnings of Adam McCarty.
“We’ll also be exceeding the statutory limits (of $700,000) in this lawsuit, due to the circumstances and the questionable actions and the responses that we’ve received to this point in this matter,” he said.