City pays for crashes by city workers

Daily Post Staff Writer

The city of Mountain View paid out $20,198 to two people whose cars were hit by city employees, according to city records.

Around 7:40 a.m. on Feb. 12, police Officer Richard Valenzuela is said to have hit Dennis Kizer’s car when he backed out of a parking stall on the west side of Castro Street, near Yosemite Drive.

According to a claim form, Kizer was driving south on Castro at about 25 mph when Valenzuela backed out and broadsided his car. Kizer requested $5,600 for the damage and a car rental. The city wrote him a check for $3,850 on April 19.

Jeanette DeVales was sitting in her parked 2002 Mercedes-Benz on Thompson Avenue, north of Craig Court, around 11:38 a.m. on Nov. 7, 2014, when Utilities Systems Supervisor James Baldinger hit her car in a city-owned 1994 GMC Sierra truck.

The city paid DeVales $4,348 on June 15, 2015. On May 5, 2016, DeVales sued for medical damages and received a payout of $12,000 on Nov. 17.