The husband of a 32-year-old Polo High School teacher who died in May of injuries sustained in a car crash is suing the Stephenson County Sheriff’s Department in the death of his wife, the Rockford Register-Star reports.
Jason Kamp of Byron claims a dispatcher’s oversight is to blame for the death of his wife, Sarah, who was pregnant with her second child at the time of the crash.
The night of May 19, a severe thunderstorm hit the area, causing a sign at the intersection of Rock City and Montague roads, on the Ogle-Stephenson County border, to blow down.
Just after 7 a.m. on May 20, Sarah Kamp entered the intersection without stopping, and hit a car carrying two other women. Kamp was flown to OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center in Rockford, where she was pronounced dead.
The wrongful-death suit, which was filed on Sept. 13, claims it was a dispatcher’s error that caused her death.
According to the Register-Star, the suit, seeking more than $4 million, claims that at 5:51 a.m. on May 20, a 911 dispatcher took a call about the missing stop sign. The dispatcher then took another call, and the information was never relayed.
Sarah Kamp started teaching in 2004. At the time of her death, she taught sophomore and senior English at Polo High School. Jason Kamp teaches physics and chemistry at the school.