A Syracuse, Neb., family has filed a lawsuit in Cass County District Court seeking all information pertaining to a fatal head-on crash last month involving their son and a Weeping Water ambulance driver.
The family of William Whitlatch, 24, is requesting all investigative documents and lab reports in an effort to determine the cause of the June 11 crash.
Whitlatch, who was driving a pickup truck, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Robert Hanes Sr., 51, of Weeping Water, who was driving the ambulance, also died at the scene.
The lawsuit, filed by attorney Dustin Garrison of Beatrice, says the requested reports have not been handed over. The Whitlatch family said it may hire an independent investigator to determine the cause.
The Nebraska State Patrol and the Cass County Sheriff's Office investigated the crash and are named as defendants in the lawsuit. According to the Sheriff's Office, a witness said Whitlatch was driving erratically on U.S. Highway 34 near Elmwood the evening of the crash.
The witness was on the line with 911 when the truck Whitlatch was driving collided with the ambulance. The witness said Whitlatch's truck crossed the center line.
The Sheriff's Office reported that the toxicology tests for alcohol or drugs in Whitlatch's system came back negative.
The lawsuit says: “Plaintiffs have spoken with members of the law enforcement agencies charged with investigating this matter, and many of the reports provided to plaintiffs have been contradictory and inconsistent.”
Two emergency responders in the back of the ambulance, including Hanes' daughter, were also injured.