Society

City Employee Was Driving a City Van When She Hit Her Own Parked Car; Files Claim Against City

| by Lina Batarags

A St. Paul Parks and Recreation employee from Minnesota was driving a supply van when she crashed into her own personal car, which was parked on the city’s West Side.

Her car reportedly suffered front-bumper damage from the Aug. 4 incident.

Now, Megan Campbell has reportedly filed a claim against the city, in which she seeks $1,600 to $1,900 from public coffers for damage a city worker—she herself—caused to her personal vehicle.

“Because I was working for the city and driving the city vehicle, I feel they are responsible for paying the damage done to my car,” Campbell wrote in a “notice of claim” form, which the city clerk’s office received this week.

City Clerk Shari Moore has received some 400 claims this year from residents, but notes that “I think I can safely say this is a very unusual claim.”

City officials say they have not yet reviewed the details of her claim. However, parks department spokesman Brad Meyer said that although the supply van had been rented from Enterprise Rent-A-Car, neither Campbell nor the rental agency reported damage to the van after the crash.

Meanwhile, Campbell’s claim maintains that the van, a Chevy Express, sustained a scrape and a popped tire.

Meyer also noted that “our safety and security coordinator wasn’t made aware of the accident that occurred in early August until Sept. 25, so…it seems protocols weren’t properly followed.”

Meyer said that the incident will be reviewed by the city’s accident review board, as is customary for any accident involving city employees driving city vehicles. Reviews can lead to disciplinary measures ranging from restricted driving privileges to employee termination.

The claim will also be reviewed by the city’s risk management office.

Campbell, a 2014 college grad, has worked for the Park and Recreation Department since May.

Sources: Twin Cities, ABC 5 Eyewitness News

Photo Sources: ABC 5 Eyewitness News, Flickr