The June 27 post, titled “Taxicab Strikes And Kills Pedestrian In Downtown Chicago,” tells of the pedestrian fatality that occurred when a taxicab lost control and killed a pedestrian on a sidewalk in Chicago’s Streeterville neighborhood.
The pedestrian in the accident was Hector Placencia Sanchez, 57, of Rogers Park.
Placencia Sanchez was pronounced dead at the scene. The cabdriver, Yao Ofori, 71, and a female passenger, 51, were taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Sanchez’s family filed a wrongful death lawsuit today against the driver and the cab company.
The suit was filed on behalf of Placencia Sanchez’s mother, three sisters and two brothers.
The wrongful death lawsuit names the Wolley Cab Association, Checker Taxi and Ofori.
The family claims that Ofori and the taxi companies were negligent and failed to exercise care and caution that “a reasonable person under similar circumstances would have exercised.”
According to police, Ofori, of the 4700 block of South Lake Park Avenue in Chicago, was ticketed for driving too fast for road conditions and striking a pedestrian.
According to records, Ofori has been issued nearly 30 traffic tickets in 22 years.
More details can be found in the July 19 Chicago Tribune article titled “Family of man killed by taxi in Streeterville files lawsuit.”