The city of Kokomo has settled with a Kokomo artist after she suffered a serious fall on the Walk of Excellence last winter.
Patti Host, who does specialty art and interior design across Kokomo and is in part known for her miniature replicas of city landmarks, told the Tribune Thursday that the city has agreed to pay $5,000 to the law firm Golitko & Daly – $3,000 of which will go to Host to cover medical expenses.
Court documents filed this week in Howard Superior Court I show that both sides “stipulate and agree to the dismissal of this cause.” An order dismissing the case was signed Wednesday by Judge William Menges.
A copy of the “release and indemnifying agreement” signed by Host earlier this month notes that the settlement “is a compromise of a disputed claim” but points out that “payment is not to be construed as an admission of liability on the part of the City of Kokomo.”
News of a lawsuit first broke in October after Host sued the city. She said public officials had previously declined to help pay medical expenses following a slip-and-fall on snow-covered ice on the Wildcat Creek Walk of Excellence in February 2019.
Host, who filed the suit in late September, claimed that negligence and a failure to maintain the trail caused an unsafe environment for trail-goers and ultimately led to a fall she says caused serious and permanent injuries, including head trauma.
Host told the Tribune Thursday that the fall happened on a water overflow that had frozen, causing her to flip into the air and hit her head “like a bowling ball on that asphalt.”
She called herself fortunate to have not passed out and went as far as to say she is “lucky to be alive, I think.”
Following the fall, she filed a tort claim and requested the city help pay her medical expenses – an ask that was ultimately denied, leading to the lawsuit.
“Let’s face it. The city, if they would’ve paid me to begin with, what I asked for,…