and Don Huibregtse had been married 62 years when they
died within hours of each other on November 27th.
MADISON - A
man whose parents died within hours of each other has sued
an ambulance company, alleging that the driver drove too
fast and a paramedic failed to secure his mother as she rode
along while taking her dying husband to hospice care.
outlet reports that Bruce Huibregtse is seeking unspecified
compensation in the 2012 deaths of his parents. The
newspaper reported that the driver wasn't cited for traffic
violations and that the owners of Ryan Brothers Ambulance
couldn't be reached for comment.
Huibregtse, a longtime publisher of two community
newspapers, was dying of cancer and his wife, Laurel,
planned to be by his side in his final moments. They were in
an ambulance on Nov. 26, 2012 on their way to a hospice care
facility when the emergency vehicle suddenly stopped and
Laurel Huibregtse hit her head. She died the next day of her
injuries, according to the suit filed in Dane County Circuit
alleges that the driver was going "at an unreasonable
and excessive rate of speed" and carelessly failed to
keep a safe distance from traffic, leading to the sudden
stop. The suit says another EMT should have made sure Laurel
Huibregtse was seated safely in the back of the ambulance.
the accident, Laurel Huibregtse "was unable to be
present with her husband, Donald, in the last hours of his
life and at the time of his death, as the two had previously
planned and desired," the lawsuit states. Bruce
Huibregtse said his father knew his wife wasn't there and
repeatedly asked about her before his death.
Huibregtse was taken to a hospital with a spinal cord injury
that caused "significant and severe conscious pain and
suffering before she ultimately died," according to the
Huibregtses had been married 62 years. Don Huibregtse
published the Monona Community Herald and McFarland
Community Life newspapers.