Reparations Elude Crash Victim

Former UNL basketball star Tony Cato is still looking for the money he’s owed as the victim in a drunk driving crash. The court ordered reparations that he has yet to collect.

Cato is still trying to recover from the accident seven years ago. In 2007, a drunk driver ran a red light and hit him. The drunk driver was using his mother’s car, a vehicle belonging to Leslie Wyland who didn't have insurance.

Wyland went to jail that year, serving 90 days, but the judge also ordered her to pay Cato $5,000. She hasn’t paid.

The cased led back to a courtroom Wednesday, to small claims court, but little is settled.

Leslie Wyland said she hasn’t paid, “because I don't have any money. I'm on disability myself. I work 16 hours a week if that."

Tony Cato said, "I don't think she wants to, and she doesn't feel like she has to pay it."

"For something I didn't even do?” Wyland said. ”I mean, I did not hit him. I had hit him, I would step up and take responsibility for what I did but I didn't do it. I didn't do it. I was at work."

Wyland did tell WOWT 6 News she and her son are going to work out a plan to pay Cato his reparations.

Cato doesn't think he'll see it and adds, “I just want the law changed so victims don't get re-victimized. I think that's the most important part. Stop re-victimizing the victim."


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