Lackawanna city vehicle strikes parked car

LACKAWANNA, N.Y. (WIVB)-  She says the City of Lackawanna just isn’t doing enough to make up for it’s mistake.

Christina Koch showed News 4 the front bumper of hanging off her PT Cruiser after it was struck last Thursday in the Shamrock Mobile Home Park. She has surveillance cameras on her home which captured a Lackawanna Code Enforcement Officer backing up down a one way street. Danielle Weir happened to be walking by at the time.

“When I saw him back up, I was thinking, okay he’s gonna hit me. Well, I move out the way and next thing I know, he hits her car”, said Weir.

He backed into the front bumper and then pulled the bumper off trying to pull forward. He stopped and immediately went to look for the owner and called police.

“When it happened, they were decent about it, and he admitted to it. He said I was gonna get fixed up, and now they’re just not willing to be as decent”, said Koch.

The City’s Law Department told her they will not pay for a rental car, and she has to go through the claims process. “And the process is to get the claims form, and then they have to  review the claims form and then submit to their insurance company, and it’s out of their hands after that.”

Koch believes the whole process and repairs could take weeks. “And I need to get to appointments and doctors appointments and that was my only vehicle running at the time.”

She owns another car but that has a flat tire.

The Mayor of Lackawanna did return her call. “He said that he understood my frustration, but I just have to go through the process. But if it was the other way around and I hit their vehicle, I think they would’ve got paid either the day after or at least today. I just wish I could get it resolved easy” said Koch.

Lackawanna Mayor Jeff Szymanski tells News Four that the City is self insured, and it is a policy not to offer rental cars because the rental cars would then become a liability for the City.

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