WILKES-BARRE — Lawyers for one city police officer are suing another officer’s family members in Luzerne County Court in connection with a civilian car crash that sent both men to the hospital last spring.
Plaintiff Yuannis Polemitis, a Wilkes-Barre police officer, was off duty at the time of the crash. The other driver, defendant Brandon Olshefski, is the son of city police Lt. Steve Olshefski.
According to court documents, at 9:45 p.m. May 1, 2013, Polemitis was driving a 2000 Chevrolet Cavalier west on Hazle Street at its intersection with High Street and South Wilkes-Barre Boulevard, while Brandon Olshefski was driving a 1998 Ford Contour north on High Street approaching Hazle Street.
“At that time and place, suddenly and without warning, Brandon failed to stop at a red traffic signal and sped into the intersection, violently colliding” with the Polemitis vehicle, the suit says.
“Surveillance footage from Wilkes-Barre City’s camera system clearly shows traffic heading north on High Street had a red traffic signal,” according to the suit.
A Times Leader report following the crash indicated both men were taken to area hospitals.
The suit, filed on behalf of Polemitis and his wife, Jennifer, by attorney Jonathan S. Comitz, indicates his client suffered “painful and disabling injuries forever changing his life,” including memory loss, dizziness, headaches, post-concussion syndrome, chronic neck pain, chronic lower back pain and a weakened cervical spine and back.
Comitz wrote that Polemitis “has suffered loss of his earnings and earning capacity, to his great detriment and loss.”
The suit also names as a defendant Janine Olshefski, who is identified as the owner of the car Brandon Olshefski was said to be driving. Paperwork does not specify their relationship or ages. The suit alleges Janine Olshefski entrusted the vehicle “to an individual whom she knew or should have known was an incompetent or unsafe driver,” but does not elaborate or explain.
Efforts to reach Comitz were not immediately successful Wednesday afternoon.
Comitz has requested a jury trial on his clients’ behalf.