A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed in Columbia County against the state of Wisconsin, Columbia County Sheriff’s office, Portage Police Depatment and Wisconsin State Patrol in connection with police pursuit that ended with a fatal vehicle crash in 2019.
Wrongful death lawsuit filed against Columbia County Sheriff and Portage Police linked to 2019 police pursuit | Crime and courts
The civil complaint was filed in April by Terrance P. Simmons, Wausau, who is the father of the Terrance P. Simmons and Ter-rance P. Simmons who died in the crash on April 29, 2019.
Simmons is seeking $2 million for pain and suffering due to negligence regarding the wrongful death of his sons, according to court records.
A summons and complaint was filed in Columbia County on April 28. It states the deaths of Terrance P. Simmons and Ter-rance P. Simmons “were the direct result of the intentional and negligent actions of the Portage Police Department and the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.”
On April 29, 2019 Ter-rance P. Simmons was driving a Nissan Altima with Terrance P. Simmons as the passengers traveling south on I-39. They began fleeing law enforcement in Marquette County. The vehicle matched a description of an incident in Wausau. Police were seeking Ter-rance in an armed burglary investigation.
Officers deployed stop strips on I-39 to stop or slow the vehicle. Shortly after the vehicle drove over the device it collided with the back of a semi-trailer, killing both men.