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Fender bender with Dawson deputy leads to suit
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A woman involved in a fender bender with a deputy in 2013 has now filed suit against Dawson County.

Attorneys for Sandra K. "Sandy" Lipkowitz say she is entitled to "property, personal injury and pain and suffering damages in an amount to be determined by the enlightened conscience of a jury."

Lipkowitz is the executive director of Reading Education Association of Dawson County (R.E.A.D.), a local nonprofit organization that focuses on adult education, literacy and GED funding.

The suit alleges that Lipkowitz suffered injuries, pain, suffering, worry and anxiety and incurred damages, including medical expenses" as a result of wreck with former Dawson County Sheriff's Investigator Daniel "Jarrett" Simpson.

According to the police report, Lipkowitz was attempting to make a right turn onto Ga. 400 north when she was hit from behind by Simpson in his department issued Crown Victoria.

Simpson was cited for the May 31, 2013 collision on Ga. 400 near Chick-fil-A.

He received a warning for following too close and was ticketed for having an expired license.

In a letter dated July 10, 2013, the county was notified through her attorney that Lipkowitz was hurt in the wreck. The letter stated her pain had worsened and she continued to receive treatment for her injuries.

Sheriff Billy Carlisle, who along with Simpson and the Dawson County Board of Commissioners was specifically named in the suit, said the wreck was turned over to the county's insurance for risk management at the time.

"When you're on the road as much as our officers are, accidents are going to happen," Carlisle said.

On Friday, Carlisle said he thought Lipkowitz's claim had been taken care of.

"We hadn't heard anything from them in months. I honestly thought we weren't going to hear anything more about it," he said.

Commission Chairman Mike Berg last week said the county's insurance carrier is still considering its review of Lipkowitz's past medical records to determine if a pre-existing condition played a role in the medical issues brought on by the wreck.

Simpson has since resigned from the department and is now working in the corporate sector investigating white collar crimes for a financial institute.

"The wreck had nothing to do with him leaving. We hated to see him go, but he got a great opportunity," Carlisle said. "He's one of those employees you don't want to lose."

Simpson remains on the sheriff's roster as a reserve officer in good standing.

"They're required to work eight hours a week, either in patrol or in investigations or at special events, like the Moonshine Festival, when we need additional officers," he said. "I'd hire him back today if he wanted to come back."

Mary Beth Priest, Lipkowitz's attorney, declined to comment on the matter at this time.

 

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