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City of Geneva responds to lawsuit, cites no seat belt in accident

In a recent legal development, the City of Geneva, along with its Police Department and Detective Steve Vine, have responded to a lawsuit filed by John Sweet, arguing that Sweet’s injuries from a last year’s crash were due to not wearing a seat belt. The accident occurred on March 24, 2023, at an intersection with flashing red lights, involving a police vehicle driven by Det. Vine and Sweet’s vehicle.


The city’s defense, articulated by Attorney Joseph Rizzo, challenges the severity of Sweet’s injuries claimed in the lawsuit, suggesting that proper seat belt use could have mitigated or prevented them. This response comes after Sweet accused Det. Vine of behavior leading to his “severe and permanent” injuries.

This case has garnered attention as it proceeds without specified monetary damages, raising discussions on safety and responsibility. The accident report, obtained through a Freedom of Information Law request, noted no injuries at the scene and mentioned that Sweet had the right-of-way, adding complexity to the ongoing legal battle.