ST. JOHNSBURY — A Vermont propane delivery man who was nearly bludgeoned to death by a mentally ill man with a wrench has filed a lawsuit against his attacker and the man’s family.
Mike Kuligoski, 52, was attacked in 2011 by 23-year-old Evan Rapoza while working on a furnace in a St. Johnsbury apartment building. Rapoza was initially charged with attempted murder and aggravated assault for clubbing Kuligoski with a wrench, choking him with a belt and plunging his head into a bucket of water in an unprovoked attack.
Charges were dropped after Rapoza was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and sent to a state mental health hospital.
Kuligoski filed a lawsuit late last month against Rapoza and his parents seeking money for medical expenses, lost wages, pain, suffering, mental anguish and loss of consortium.
The suit alleges Rapoza’s parents, John and Christine Rapoza, knew their son was dangerous and failed to warn or protect Kuligoski when he arrived to work on the furnace at the apartment house owned by John Rapoza.
“As the parents of Evan Rapoza, and knowing his character and propensities, John A. Rapoza and Christine M. Rapoza had a duty to take reasonable steps to ensure that individuals around Evan Rapoza were not thereby exposed to an unreasonable risk of harm,” the complaint says.
The Rapozas’ attorney could not be reached for comment.
Kuligoski spent 15 months in rehabilitation after the attack before returning to his Danville home last May. His injuries are so extreme that he’ll never be able to work again and will require constant medical attention for the rest of his life, according to the lawsuit.MORE IN Vermont NewsA confidential memo obtained by Vermont Public Radio shows that the Agency of Education is still... Full Story
- Most Popular
- Most Emailed
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day 1739, 'Richard Palmer' identified in prison at York Castle as the notorious outlaw DICK TURPIN; IN 1836, Battle of the Alamo begins near San Antonio de Bexar, Texas; 1896, the Tootsie Roll invented by LEO HIRSCHFELD.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1472, Orkney, Shetland islands put up as collateral by Norway to Scotland in lieu of dowry for MARGARET OF DENMARK on her marriage with JAMES III, king of Scotland; 1962, JOHN GLENN first American to orbit Earth.
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: City mayoral candidates debate campaign issues; Hartford, Conn., woman still missing; Neal Goswami reports attempts to legislate suicide; local woman loses 100 pounds through TOPS program.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1878, JOHN TUNSTALL murdered near Lincoln, New Mexico, by the outlaw JESSE EVANS; in 1930, ELM FARM OLLIE first cow to fly in aircraft, first to be milked airborne; 1955, nuke test WASP; '79, snow in Sahara.
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: Rutland Herald News Editor Alan J. Keays and staff writer Gordon Dritschilo discuss stories planned for the February 18, 2015, edition of the newspaper: Winter budgets maxed, legal marijuana, Springfield bank job, USPS slowdown
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1249 AD, ANDRE of LONGJUMEAU is dispatched by LOUIS IX of France to meet the KHAGAN, ruler of the Mongol Empire; in 1804, during 1st Barbary War, STEPHEN DECATUR scuttles the pirate-held USS Philadelphia in Tripoli.