New lawsuit argues city should be held responsible for fatal crash involving KCFD truck

KANSAS CITY, MO. (KCTV) — A new lawsuit claims Kansas City should pay more than $30 million in connection with a fatal accident involving a Kansas City fire engine.

The award is currently against fire truck driver Dominick Biscari.

But the new lawsuit points out that the city failed to provide him with an attorney as he went through arbitration.

The lawsuit points out that it is a pattern or practice for the city to support employees sued in civil cases, but the city did not support the firefighter.

Biscari was working as a KCFD employee when his pumper ran a red light and crashed into an SUV in Westport in December 2021.

Three people died that night. Michael Elwood and Jennifer San Nicholas were in the SUV.

The collision also killed pedestrian Tammi Knight who was standing on the sidewalk where the collision ultimately ended.

Traffic cameras later revealed the fire truck ran a red light. Audio of the dispatch revealed that the truck had been ordered to pull back about a minute earlier, but it continued.

Emails filed with the court and provided to KCTV5 News also revealed that other employees had concerns with the driver before the crash.

“Mr. Biscari and KCFD were made aware of his dangerous and reckless driving of KCFD vehicles,” the decision read. Kansas City Fire sent an email titled ‘Horrendous Driving’ to Kansas City Fire Department supervisors.

This latest lawsuit asks that the city be held responsible for the damage caused by the firefighters.

A lawsuit against the city itself continues.

Recently, an arbitrator awarded $32.4 million to families and businesses injured in the crash.


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