Articles Posted in Wrongful Death

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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There has been a wrongful death lawsuit filed regarding a fatal vehicle accident that happened July 23, 2014 in Crescent City, Illinois.

The July 23 accident involved a two-vehicle high-speed collision in which one of the lawsuit’s defendants, an unnamed 17-year-old male, was arrested for DUI.

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There has been a $10.9 million settlement of a 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.

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The February 11, 2014 post, titled “Lawsuit Filed Regarding Fatal I-88 Truck Accident,” discusses a lawsuit filed by Trooper Douglas Balder and his wife, Kimberli Balder, with regard to the fatal January 27, 2014 I-88 truck accident that was summarized in the January 28 post titled “Fatal I-88 Truck Collision.”

A new wrongful death lawsuit has been filed in Cook County Circuit Court against truck driver Renato Velasquez and his employer, DND International, by the family of Vincenzo Petrella. Petrella was also struck – and died – during the January 27 accident.

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A lawsuit has been filed in connection with the death of Zachary Bingham, 18, of Maple Park, who died in a 2012 car accident.

The accident, which happened on the morning of December 1, 2012, occurred as a car collided “head-on” with the car driven by Bingham. The accident happened in Campton Hills, Illinois on Route 38.

The car that collided with Bingham’s car was driven by a woman who was fleeing police.

An excerpt from the December 3, 2013 Daily Herald article titled “Lawsuit filed in police chase that killed 2 near Campton Hills” :

The attorney for the family of Zachary Bingham, a 2012 Kaneland High School graduate, argues a Kane County Sheriff’s deputy should have called off the pursuit of Jennifer Liston, who also was killed in the crash while driving a Nissan Altima that was reported stolen out of Wheaton.


The lawsuit said Bingham “exercised due care and responsibility” by pulling his car over onto the shoulder and coming to a stop at 8:45 a.m. Dec. 1, 2012, before Liston struck his vehicle.

Liston, 30, of Madison, Wisconsin, died at the accident scene. Bingham died from his injuries on December 2, 2012.

Bingham’s girlfriend, also in Bingham’s car at the time of the accident, was injured, as well as Bingham’s dog. As well, a woman in another vehicle was injured.

At the time of the accident, witnesses say the Altima driven by Liston was traveling at speeds in excess of 100 mph, and had been involved in a hit & run accident in Geneva prior to the collision with Bingham’s vehicle.

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There has been a $3.75 million settlement of a lawsuit filed in the death of a Chicago man who was killed November 16, 2012 in a vehicle accident on Interstate 57 (I-57).

The accident, which happened on I-57 near Ludlow, Illinois, involved a man, Keith Terry Jr., 22, of Chicago, who was killed when his car was “rear-ended” by a semi truck.

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The CTA has settled a lawsuit for $5.45 million in the case of a woman who was struck and killed by a CTA bus as she sought to remove her bicycle from the bike rack at the front of the bus. The incident happened in 2007.

Excerpt from the Chicago Tribune article of November 14, titled “CTA settles suit over bike rack death” :

Ludwika Szynalik, 59, was taking her bike off the rack on the front of the No. 152 Addison bus she had been riding on Dec. 31, 2007 when the driver accelerated and dragged her more than 80 feet, according to a lawsuit Szynalik’s family filed in Cook County Circuit Court in 2008.

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On Wednesday, Megabus agreed to settle a wrongful death lawsuit involving a pedestrian who was fatally struck by a Megabus in downtown Chicago in 2010.

The man killed in that accident, Wes Krueger, 64, was walking west on Adams Street and was walking in a crosswalk across Des Plaines on February 23, 2010, when he was struck by a Megabus and dragged 30 feet. Krueger later died from his injuries sustained in the accident.

The driver of the bus, Shervyle Pruitt, of Sauk Village, was cited for reckless driving and striking a pedestrian in the crosswalk who had the right of way. Pruitt is said to have simply not seen Krueger in the crosswalk.

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