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Family suing City of Austin after deadly crash with city vehicle

George Melvin was being driven to the VA clinic to get his hearing aid repaired, when a City of Austin dump truck veered into their lane, hitting their car, causing it to spin out and hit the median and guardrail fence on Hwy 183. (Photo courtesy: Ray Chester, the Melvin family's attorney)

A family has filed a lawsuit against the City of Austin after one of their family members was killed in a crash with a city vehicle.

According to the lawsuit, George Melvin was being driven to the VA clinic to get his hearing aid repaired, when a City of Austin dump truck veered into their lane, hitting their car, causing it to spin out and hit the median and guardrail fence on Hwy 183.

He was taken to the hospital with a broken neck, but died three days later. He was 88-years-old.

"The last four days of his life were in excruciating pain in the hospital," said Ray Chester, the Melvin family's attorney.

The Melvin family was not available for an interview, but Chester says they have been having a tough time since the deadly crash.

"We lost a good man," Chester said. "Closure would be great.

Chester and the Melvin family filed the lawsuit on Monday.

They are trying to get compensation for the medical bills.

"The medical bills are several hundred thousand dollars. It was totally the city's fault. It was totally their driver's fault," Chester said.

The driver of the city's truck was cited for Unsafe Movement.

CBS Austin reached out to the City of Austin. They provided the following response:

“While we have not received the lawsuit, we are certainly aware of this tragic incident. Our hearts go out to the family who are mourning their loss.

Even though the Melvin family is looking for compensation, Chester says money is only a small part of why the family is moving forward with the lawsuit.

"It was just a really miserable end to his life, and on top of that, to get no acknowledgement or apology from the city, it's been tough," Chester said.

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