Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Niagara County Sheriff’s Deputy Allen A. Gerhardt and his wife have filed a lawsuit against the Ransomville man Gerhardt was pursuing when he had a crash that resulted in the loss of his legs.
According to court records, the lawsuit was filed last week in State Supreme Court by attorney Christopher J. O’Brien of the Williamsville-based firm, O’Brien Boyd.
No financial amount in damages was listed, but the filing does say Gerhardt and his wife are seeking compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering.
The suit is filed against Todd M. Hauser, 36, of New Road, Ransomville. Hauser left the scene of a minor accident on Ransomville Road at about 1:15 a.m. July 18, court records show.
Because of Hauser’s actions, the suit claims, sheriff’s deputies had to pursue and detain him. Gerhardt responded, but lost control of his vehicle on Lake Road in Porter. He hit the guardrail, which pierced the passenger side door and severed his legs.
Fellow Deputies Shawn Grapes and John Andres came to Gerhardt’s aid and applied tourniquets to his badly wounded legs. Their quick action prevented a greater tragedy.
Hauser was found guilty of leaving the scene of an accident and changing lanes unsafely last month in Porter Town Court. He was acquitted of driving while intoxicated.