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Family of car accident victim files Illinois wrongful death lawsuit

An Illinois wrongful death lawsuit has been filed by the family of the woman who was struck and killed by a tour bus in the Steeterville neighborhood of Chicago earlier this month. The young victim was a Polish immigrant who grew up in Germany. She graduated from the school of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree. The Chicago wrongful death lawsuit is filed against the bus company, alleging that the bus company was negligent in hiring the driver. The driver in the Chicago car accident was arrested after the wrongful death of the 24 year-old Chicago victim and remains in jail on aggravated DUI charges. Chicago police and Cook County prosecutors report that the driver, who was 47 years of age, had cocaine in his system at the time of the May 3 Streeterville car accident. Additionally, the driver’s commercial driver’s license was suspended in August 3, 2008 when he was cited for speeding and driving without insurance, according to the Secretary of State’s office.

The Chicago Tribune reported that when the driver was arrested, officials also learned that the driver was the subject of a police investigation accusing him of sexually assaulting two girls. He was charged in those incidents. The Chicago wrongful death lawsuit alleges that the bus group should not have hired the driver because of the investigative alert and the driver’s two prior convictions. Further, the Chicago wrongful death lawsuit contends that the bus group should have known of the driver’s alleged cocaine use.

The Illinois car accident victim, only 24 years of age, was killed less than a half-mile from her condo in Chicago. She was rushed to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, which was very close to the accident scene, where the victim was pronounced deceased.

Visit the Chicago Tribune to read more about the Chicago wrongful death lawsuit.