Articles Posted in Wrongful Death

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Wrongful death lawsuits are often filed following a fatal accident in which negligent actions of one person (or party) causes the death of another person.  The September 27, 2017 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Family of Florida man killed in I-57 crash suing trucker” discusses a wrongful death lawsuit regarding an I-57 fatal accident near Manteno.

As seen in the article, as well as the description seen in this September 21 Daily Journal article, the fatal accident involved a semi truck that “rear-ended” a Toyota car, causing a front-seat passenger in the Toyota, Jake H. Hemrick, 26, of Tampa, Florida, to die in the crash.  A back seat passenger also died following the accident, and the Toyota’s driver suffered injuries considered to be life-threatening in nature.

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On September 17, 2016 there was a fatal motorcycle accident in Springfield.  [The accident is summarized in the September 17, 2016 post titled “Springfield Collision Seriously Injures Motorcyclist And Passenger.”]  The collision involved a motorcycle with passenger and a SUV.  The motorcyclist and passenger (identified as Nathan M. Gulley, 17, of Moweaqua and Isaiah M. Tuppince, 16, of Assumption, respectively) were both seriously hurt, sustaining life-threatening injuries in the crash.  Both later died from their accident injuries.

There has been a wrongful death lawsuit filed with regard to the accident.  The plaintiff is Tuppince’s mother, Monica Brown.

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On November 5, 2016, there was a fatal two-vehicle crash in rural Kane County.  Two teenagers – Arthur Stenger, 16, of Montgomery, and Elijah Vajgert, 16, of Maple Park – died in the crash.  The accident – in which Stenger was the driver – is summarized in the November 6, 2016 post titled “Fatal Car Accident In Unincorporated Kane County.”

Recently, there has been a wrongful death lawsuit filed with regard to the crash.  That wrongful death lawsuit is summarized in the Daily Herald article of March 10, 2017, titled “Family of teen killed in crash sues family of classmate behind wheel.”

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In the December 22, 2016 post (“Little Village Fatal Pedestrian Accident“) 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.

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There has been a wrongful death lawsuit filed regarding a fatal two-vehicle accident that happened in Kane County.  The accident, which happened on March 29, 2016, involved a “head-on collision” between a Ford F150 pickup truck and Chevy Trailblazer.  The collision occurred on Route 31, north of Mooseheart Road, after the Ford F150 crossed the road’s centerline and went into the opposite lane, thereby striking the oncoming Chevy Trailblazer.

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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 “Fatal Bicycle Accident In Chicago’s Gold Coast Neighborhood” the 29-year-old bicyclist was identified as Blaine Klingenberg.

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The July 1, 2016 post (“Fatal Bicycle Accident In Chicago’s Avondale Neighborhood“) summarized a truck-bicycle accident that led to the death of Virginia Murray, 25, of Chicago.  At the time of the accident, she was riding a Divvy bike when she was struck by a truck as both Murray and the truck driver attempted to turn from Sacramento Avenue onto Belmont Avenue.

As discussed on the “Chicago Bicycling Accidents” page, there are many reasons that bicycle accidents occur in Chicago.  As well, common types of such accidents are discussed, as well as what one should do if one is in a bicycle accident.

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On Saturday (July 11, 2015) there was a fatal car accident in Chicago’s Woodlawn neighborhood.

The accident involved a car that lost control and drove onto a sidewalk, thereby fatally striking a 13-month-old infant, Dillan Harris, who was in a stroller.  The car had been fleeing a police chase.

Now, the mother of Dillan Harris, Shatrelle McComb, has filed a lawsuit in the Circuit Court of Cook County, against the City of Chicago and the police officers involved in the police chase that preceded the fatal accident.  The alleged driver of the car, Antoine Watkins, 21, was also named in the lawsuit.

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There has been a wrongful death lawsuit filed regarding the fatal CTA bus crash that happened in downtown Chicago on June 2, 2015.  That accident was summarized in the June 2, 2015 post titled “CTA Bush Crash At Lake Street And Michigan Avenue.”

In that accident, Aimee Coath was the sole person who was fatally injured, and the wrongful death lawsuit has been filed by the Coath’s children against the bus driver and the CTA.

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In the March 7, 2015 post, titled “Three People Dead After Chicago Pedestrian Accident,” 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.

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