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$3 million settlement in Polo teacher's death

Sarah Kamp
Sarah Kamp

Stephenson County will pay $3 million to the husband of a pregnant Polo High School teacher killed in a crash four years ago at an intersection where the stop sign had been blown down.

Dispatcher oversight was to blame for the death of Sarah Kamp, 32, her husband, Jason Kamp, of Byron, said in his wrongful death suit.

She was pregnant with their second child and on her way to a prenatal checkup just after 7 a.m. on May 20, 2013, when she drove into the intersection of Rock City and Montague roads, on the Ogle-Stephenson County border, without stopping, and hit a car carrying two other women.

The sign blew down in a severe thunderstorm the night before, and a motorist called 911 shortly after 5 a.m. to report it, but the dispatcher took another call and forgot to notify anyone.

The case settled on or about Oct. 4, Stephenson County Court records show. The settlement order is set to be filed Nov. 1.

"This lawsuit was the result of a terrible tragedy, and I’m sure that the ongoing litigation was painful for the family of Sarah Kamp and her unborn child," Stephenson County State's Attorney Carl Larson said in a statement.

"I am very sorry for their loss, and this sentiment is shared by everyone within Stephenson County government. I’m glad the matter could be settled short of trial, and I hope the closing of this chapter will help bring the Kamp family closer to peace in this matter."

At the time of her death, Kamp taught sophomore and senior English at Polo High, while her husband taught physics and chemistry. He left shortly after her death.

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