An accident in Appleton, Wisconsin, on October 15, 1993 has resulted in a settlement of over $900,000 for Wendy Pace and her daughter Hannah. Most of the money will go to Hannah, who was 20 months old at the time of the accident.
In Outagamie County, a truck driver insured by Heritage Insurance Company was on the job for his employer, Allen Steel Company, Inc., and ran a stop sign at speeds faster than 50 mph., crashing with a car driven by Wendy Pace that also carried her 20-month-old Hannah as a passenger. Wendy Pace swerved to avoid the accident but could not get out of the truck's path in time. A toolbox flew off the truck and smashed through the windshield of her car, striking Hannah on the head.
Fortunately, a deputy sheriff was on the scene and called for medical assistance immediately. Hannah was treated at Appleton Medical Center and then transferred to Children’s Hospital in Milwaukee. Hannah has progressed well and is continuing in speech therapy to overcome the effects of the injuries caused by the accident.
Attorney Michael F. Hupy spent months carefully documenting and preparing this case for the Paces. On December 18, 1995, Attorney Hupy and the Pace family appeared in the court of Judge Dennis C. Luebke in Appleton. The judge approved the settlement, which will provide payments to Hannah for more than 25 years. Among other things, these payments will cover Hannah’s medical bills—both past and future—and the cost of her college education.