Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Over West Side Of Chicago Crash

There has been a wrongful death lawsuit filed against the City of Chicago as well as Chicago Police.  The lawsuit has been filed regarding the death of a woman who was fatally struck by an off-duty Chicago Police Officer.

The woman, Chequita Adams, was killed in a June 26, 2017 crash on Chicago’s West Side.

An excerpt regarding the crash, as seen in the June 29, 2017 abc7chicago.com article (with video) titled “Family of woman killed in crash with off-duty cop files lawsuit against city, police“:

Early Monday, minutes after leaving work at the Chicago Police Department’s 10th District, 32-year-old Officer Taylor Clark was killed when his Jeep struck a Nissan at West Roosevelt Road and South Kostner Avenue. Adams was in the Nissan, waiting to make a turn.

Prior to the crash, the off-duty officer was pursued by an on-duty officer, who mistakenly thought he was involved in a carjacking. Surveillance video shows part of the pursuit.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this wrongful death lawsuit can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the abc7chicago.com article mentioned above as well as the June 29 CBS Chicago article (with videos) titled “Family of Woman Who Died In Fatal Crash File Lawsuit Against CPD.”

Lawsuit Concerning Fatal Crash Near Willow Springs

In the March 5, 2016 post (“Fatal Loss Of Control Accident Near Willow Springs“) an accident which led to the deaths of two teenagers was summarized.  Both teens (Jonathan Grabinski, 17, of Chicago Ridge; and Salvatore Melant, 18, of Chicago) died at the accident scene.

There has been a lawsuit filed with regard to this fatal Cook County accident.  The lawsuit is discussed in the March 8, 2017 Cook Count Record article titled “Sons of motorists killed in Willow Springs hydroplane crash sue county, village for not fixing ditch.”

An excerpt from the article:

The plaintiffs allege that on March 5, 2016, Jonathan Grabinski and Salvatore Melant sustained fatal injuries when the vehicle they were occupying hydroplaned off the road and crashed into a tree. According to the complaint, the plaintiffs claim that authorities knew a ditch on the south side of the road was full of soil and debris, causing water to fill the road.

Additional details, including the various defendants, can be seen in the Cook County Record article mentioned above.

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Regarding Fatal Chicago Pedestrian Accident

In the December 23, 2016 post (“Woman Fatally Struck While Walking In Crosswalk“) a fatal pedestrian accident that happened in Chicago was summarized.  The accident involved a woman (Telesfora Escamilla, 84, of Chicago) being fatally struck by a delivery truck with an Amazon logo.  One notable aspect of the accident was that it occurred as Telesfora Escamilla was walking in a crosswalk.

Recently, a wrongful death lawsuit has been filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County regarding the fatal accident.  Among the defendants listed is Amazon.com and the truck’s driver, Valdimar C. Gray, 29, of Chicago.

The lawsuit is discussed in a number of media sources.  An excerpt from the Chicago Sun-Times article of January 4, 2017, titled “Son of elderly woman fatally struck by delivery truck sues Amazon“:

Gray was charged with a misdemeanor count of driving an uninsured vehicle, and ticketed for failure to obey a stop sign, failure to yield to a pedestrian in an intersection and failure to carry a driver’s license, police said.

He had been making deliveries for Amazon as an employee of Inpax Shipping Solutions, which is listed as another defendant in the wrongful death suit.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Cook County Circuit Court wrongful death lawsuit can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Chicago Sun-Times article mentioned above, as well as the January 4 CBS Chicago article titled “Son Of Elderly Woman Fatally Hit By Delivery Truck Sues Amazon.”

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Regarding Chicago Fatal Bicycle Accident

On June 15, 2016, there was a fatal bicycle accident in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood.  In that accident, which was summarized in the June 15 post titled “Tour Bus Fatally Strikes Bicyclist At Michigan Avenue And Oak Street” the 29-year-old bicyclist was identified as Blaine Klingenberg.

On August 2, 2016, a wrongful death lawsuit was filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County by Walter Klingenberg, father of Blaine Klingenberg.

One notable aspect of this wrongful death lawsuit is that the alleged negligence differs from that of the official Chicago Police Department accident investigation.

As stated in the Chicago Sun-Times article of August 5, 2016, titled “Father of bicyclist fatally hit on Mag Mile sues tour bus driver” the Chicago Police findings are:

Klingenberg was riding north on Michigan Avenue when he blew a red light and was hit by the bus, which was westbound on Oak, according to Chicago Police.

However, what is stated in the lawsuit alleging the fault of the accident is described as:

The suit offers a different account of the crash, alleging that the bus driver was going too fast when she disobeyed the red light and failed to keep a look out for bicyclists.

The bus driver of the double-decker bus was not ticketed or otherwise charged or cited for the accident.

Listed as defendants in the lawsuit were the driver, along with Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Company.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Chicago wrongful death lawsuit can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Chicago Sun-Times article mentioned above, as well as the August 3 Chicago Reader article titled “Family of bike messenger who was struck and killed by a Chicago tour bus files wrongful death lawsuit.”

Wrongful Death Suit Filed Regarding Fatal Chicago Pedestrian Accident

In the March 7, 2015 post, titled “Three People Fatally Struck By Truck In Chicago,” a fatal March 6 Chicago pedestrian accident involving a truck striking Elizabeth Peralta-Luna, 30, of Chicago and her two children is summarized.  Chicago Police at the time of the accident cited the driver of the truck, identified as Zachary Barngrover, 23, of Iowa, with failing to yield to a pedestrian at a crosswalk as well as making an improper left turn.

Since that post a wrongful death lawsuit has been filed regarding the accident.  The lawsuit was filed Monday (March 9) in Cook County Circuit Court by Peralta-Luna’s aunt, Maricela Ruiz. It names Barngrover and the Monson & Sons trucking company as defendants.

The lawsuit makes a variety of allegations.  An excerpt from the March 9, 2015 Chicago Tribune article titled “Lawsuit filed against semi driver in accident that killed woman, 2 kids“:

The lawsuit claimed that when turning left from 43rd Street onto Ashland on Friday, Barngrover failed to keep a proper lookout and failed to yield and give the right-of-way to Peralta-Luna and her two kids. The lawsuit also claimed the driver was using a cellphone while driving.

Additional details and possible updates regarding this Illinois wrongful death lawsuit as well as the underlying accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Chicago Tribune article mentioned above, as well as the CBS Chicago article of March 10 titled “Family Sues Driver, Trucking Company Over Accident That Killed Mom, 2 Kids.”

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Over Fatal Chicago Crash

There has been an Illinois wrongful death lawsuit filed in Cook County Circuit Court on behalf of William Brunson, 39, who died during a Chicago crash on January 26, 2013.

The lawsuit was filed Thursday (January 22, 2015) against the driver of the vehicle (Delia Aguila) who fatally struck Brunson as well as his girlfriend, Victoria Means, 34.  The underlying fatal accident on January 26, 2013 is described in the January 29, 2013 dnainfo.com article titled “Humboldt Park Woman Charged with DUI in Fatal Crash.”

The lawsuit is described in the January 22, 2015 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Woman sued for 2013 fatal hit-and-run crash.”  An excerpt:

Aguila pleaded guilty in December 2013 to reckless homicide and leaving the scene of the accident, the Sun-Times previously reported. She never had a driver’s license and didn’t have one at the time of the crash, prosecutors said.

The suit filed Thursday is asking for $50,000 in damages for the crash, blaming Aguila for Brunson’s wrongful death. The suit claims Aguila failed to keep a proper lookout or sound a horn when her vehicle approached the couple.

Additional details regarding this Illinois wrongful death lawsuit as well as the underlying accident can be seen in the Chicago Sun-Times article mentioned above.

Lawsuit Filed Regarding Fatal August 7, 2014 Metra Train Accident

There has been a wrongful death lawsuit filed regarding an August 7, 2014 Chicago train accident that led to the deaths of Margaret Huddleston and her brother, Berry Huddleston.  This August 7, 2014 train accident was summarized in the August 8, 2014 post titled “Fatal Chicago Metra Train Accident.”

The lawsuit was filed in Cook County Circuit Court on December 29, 2014.

This Illinois wrongful death lawsuit is summarized in the December 30, 2014 Chicago Tribune article titled “BNSF, Metra targeted in lawsuit over adult siblings’ death.”

In this article, the lawsuit and its allegations and claims are discussed, although the damages sought are not specified.

Additional details regarding this Illinois wrongful death lawsuit can be found in the Chicago Tribune article mentioned above.

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Over Wheeling Pedestrian Accident

There has been a wrongful death lawsuit filed with regard to a fatal pedestrian accident that happened Sunday (September 14, 2014) in Wheeling, Illinois.

This lawsuit was filed in Cook County Circuit Court by the family of accident victim Fredi Morales, 20, of Des Plaines, and names the Village of Wheeling as the defendant.

The underlying fatal pedestrian accident happened on approximately 5:45 a.m. Sunday, and was summarized in the September 14 post titled “Fatal Pedestrian Accident In Wheeling.”  While details regarding the accident and its causes remain limited, the accident involved an on-duty Wheeling Police SUV striking a pedestrian as the SUV was attempting to make a traffic stop. The Wheeling Police Officer driving the SUV had not activated the SUV’s sirens, emergency lights or otherwise honked the horn prior to striking Morales.

Among other claims in the wrongful death lawsuit are claims that the SUV was traveling at “an unreasonably high rate of speed” and that the police officer was negligent for failing to activate the horn, siren and police lights in the period before striking Morales.

An autopsy that was performed Monday (September 15) by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office indicated that Morales died of multiple injuries suffered when he was struck by the SUV, and ruled his death an accident.

The accident remains under investigation by the Lake County Major Crash Assistance Team.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the September 16, 2014 Chicago Tribune article titled “Family files suit after Wheeling police SUV strikes, kills pedestrian” as well as the September 16 Chicago Sun-Times Voices article titled “Lawsuit filed over man fatally struck by Wheeling police SUV.”

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Regarding Fatal July 2014 I-80 Vehicle Accident

There has been a wrongful death lawsuit filed regarding a fatal July 11, 2014 fatal vehicle accident that happened on Interstate 80 (I-80) near Hazel Crest, Illinois.

This accident was summarized in the July 11, 2014 post titled “Fatal Interstate 80 (I-80) Chain-Reaction Crash In Hazel Crest, Illinois.”

The wrongful death lawsuit was filed in Cook County Circuit Court by the daughter of the man, Walter Blockmon III, who was killed in the accident.  The accident involved Blockmon’s vehicle getting “rear-ended” by a Toyota SUV.

The lawsuit makes a variety of claims, including that the driver was acting negligently at the time of the accident.

The wrongful death lawsuit is discussed Chicago Sun-Times Voices article of August 14, 2014, titled “Daughter of Chicago man who died in I-80 crash files lawsuit.”

Cook County Wrongful Death Lawsuit Settled For $10.9 Million

There has been a $10.9 million settlement of a Cook County wrongful death lawsuit that was filed regarding the death of Illinois State Trooper James Sauter. The underlying accident that led to Trooper Sauter’s death was summarized in the March 29, 2013 post titled “Illinois State Trooper Involved In Fatal Accident On Tri-State Tollway.”

The wrongful death lawsuit was filed by Elizabeth Sauter, widow of Trooper James Sauter. The lawsuit was filed against the truck driver involved in the accident – Andrew Bokelman; United Van Lines LLC; Unigroup Inc.; and Suddath Relocation Systems of Minnesota and Milwaukee doing business as Barrett Moving & Storage in late 2013.

Bokelman allegedly fell asleep while driving before the accident.

Two excerpts from the May 14, 2014 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Widow gets $10.9 million settlement after state trooper’s death” :

Bokelman, 26, already has been criminally charged in Cook County for violating federal safety laws meant to keep tired truck drivers off the road. Prosecutors said he worked a 12-hour shift March 28 before he dozed off behind the wheel on the Tri-State Tollway near Glenview about 11 p.m., striking and killing the 28-year-old trooper from Vernon Hills.

also:

Cook County Circuit Judge Kathy M. Flanagan entered an order approving the settlement Wednesday after the parties reached their agreement several months ago in pre-suit mediation.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Cook County wrongful death lawsuit can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Chicago Sun-Times article mentioned above, as well as the May 14 Chicago Tribune article titled “Family of trooper killed on job wins $10.9 million settlement” as well as the May 14 bnd.com article titled “Chicago: Widow of trooper killed in crash settles lawsuit.”