The family of the Ford Ranger driver involved in the fatal head-on collision with a Weeping Water ambulance on June 11th has filed suit to see all documents related to the crash. The family of 24-year-old William J. Whitlatch of Syracuse wants the documents so they can conduct their own independent investigation.
The Cassgram reports the Cass County Sheriff’s Department reported Whitlatch was eastbound on Highway 34 near Elmwood when his pickup collided with the ambulance. Whitlatch and the driver of the ambulance, 51-year-old Bob Hanes of Weeping Water, were killed. Two Weeping Water Rescue volunteers and the patient in the ambulance survived.
The personal representatives of the estate of Whitlatch are the plaintiffs-relators; the Nebraska State Patrol and the Cass County Sheriff’s Department are named as defendants-respondents.
The filing 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.” The filing also alleges the investigation “appears to have been conducted, heretofore, inconsistently and with no particular degree of integrity…”
The family is requesting all documents and lab reports related to the crash. The filing says the reports had previously been requested but were not handed over.
The plaintiffs are represented by attorney Dustin Garrison of Beatrice. The “Petition for Writ of Mandamus” filing was made Tuesday in Cass County District Court.