In two separate incidents last year, people were hit by golf carts at the Galt Market and one has filed a lawsuit. A woman was hit by a golf cart on her left leg and hip in March and a man said his foot was run over in November.
The first collision happened on March 16, when Maria Cattolico, the police chief's wife, backed into Sacramento resident Olga Galitsiyan. Cattolico was working part-time at the market when she struck Galitsiyan, who was in the last aisle of the market heading to the exit.
Galitsiyan is suing both the city of Galt and Cattolico for $11,372 for medical expenses and another $1 million for pain, suffering and inconvenience.
Galitsiyan originally filed a claim with the city asking for a damages, which the city rejected. Filing a claim is the first step in the lawsuit process.
"We looked into it and our evaluation is that the amount of the claim far exceeded the injuries that occurred," City Attorney Steve Rudolph said.
He said the city plans to "aggressively defend the suit."
According to the police report, Cattolico told the responding police officer that she was trying to contact the market's office to have them announce that a missing girl was looking for her parents. She said she was moving at a slow rate of speed when someone crossed in front of the golf cart's path, and Cattolico swerved.
She struck Galitsiyan on her left hip and leg. Galitsiyan also said the cart hit her left arm.
"The cart struck me hard enough to knock me into my husband, but I did not fall to the ground, my husband was able to keep me from falling. My left hip and leg are hurting me," Galitsiyan said in the police report.
Cattolico told the officer she asked the woman to wait until a market staff member could come make a report. When Galitsiyan began to cry, Cattolico drove her to the Galt Market office.
Galitsiyan refused treatment, but said her husband, Nidal Khouri, would take her to the emergency room or urgent care, according to the police report.
In her initial claim filed with the city, Galitsiyan listed injuries to both of her knees and to her right shoulder, neck and back, and said her medical treatment is ongoing. Her attorney, Amiel Jaramillo, did not have any additional information on her injuries or treatment.
It is unclear whether the couple were vendors at the Galt Market or simply attending.
On Nov. 24, Bolivar Chalco from Madrid, Spain, was hit by a golf cart while he was on vacation, according to the claim he filed with the city.
Silverio Rodriguez was driving the cart, and Chalco said Rodriguez was collecting trash. Chalco said the golf cart's windshield had limited visibility and Rodriguez was distracted. Rodriguez ran over Chalco's foot and he went to the emergency room, according to the claim.
Chalco arrived and had a small bruise on the top of his left foot, according to doctor notes appended to the claim from Lodi Memorial Hospital. There was no swelling, and the X-ray results came back showing no broken bones. The hospital gave him crutches, and the report says he was able to use them with little difficulty.
Market manager Armando Solis directed any questions to the city attorney. Through her husband, Loren Cattolico, Maria Cattolico refused to comment.