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Children of pedestrian killed on New Year's Eve want $625,000

The children of a pedestrian killed on New Year's Eve wants La Crosse County to pay them $625,000.

They said the county was negligent for not clearing a snowy sidewalk making William Harter, 55, walk on a street where he was hit by two vehicles.

They said the accumulating snow and ice made the sidewalk useless, and it only made worse when snow was plowed from the street onto that walk.

Amanda Stenberg of Whitehall, Joshua Harter of Eleva, and Erika Hubbell of Blair have filed a damage claim against the county.

If it's turned down, they can file a lawsuit. The three want $125,000 for the loss of Harter's companionship.

And the estate is seeking another $250,000 for a wrongful death, pain and suffering.

The Campbell Town Board rejected a similar claim this week, saying it was a county-owned sidewalk.

One of the drivers, Rhonda Boardman, 38, of La Crosse, is scheduled to stand trial June 10 on charges of fatal hit-and-run and obstructing police.

The other vehicle stopped and authorities said it was Boardman's vehicle that actually caused Harter's death.