A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed after a ‘car surfing’ stunt left a 20-year-old man dead.
The incident occurred in a Wal-Mart parking lot off of South Illinois Route 31 when the young man was sitting on top of a car and the driver took a sharp turn and accelerated quickly.
The man was thrown from the car as a result and died two days later of injuries sustained. The 19-year-old driver of the car was charged with reckless homicide. The victim’s family stated in the suit that the driver was going too fast and driving too recklessly and this caused the young man’s death.
Our deepest condolences are with the friends and family of the victim at this time.
A wrongful death case was recently thrown out due to the statute of limitations in the case. The case was filed by the parents of a 22-year-old that was found dead in her boyfriend’s home in 2005.
Her death was labeled a murder-suicide case by police officials, but her parents have filed a wrongful death suit against the estate of her boyfriend that shot her and the man who gave him a gun.
The family is claiming that the man who gave the gun to the boyfriend,negligently entrusted the weapon with a person that was suffering from depression. Neither of the defendants have been served since the suit was filed in 2007.
Our thoughts are with the friends and family of the victim.
A settlement has been reached in a wrongful death lawsuit filed against the city by the father of a 17-year-old found dead in a collapsed stairwell on April 5, 2006.
The teenager’s father filed the suit on April 11, 2006, in Vermilion County Circuit Court. He was asking for more than $50,000. The size of the settlement reached this week has not been made public, but will be a matter of public record soon.
Mayor Scott Eisenhauer says that the city does not accept liability for the teen’s death and that it was the city’s liability insurance provider who made the choice to settle.
“In no way does this settlement place fault or blame against the city, nor in accepting a settlement arrangement does the city admit any wrongdoing,” he said. “Sometimes it just makes more sense to settle economically than to go through the process with the risk of losing the case and greater financial risk of taxpayer dollars.”
McClintock Civil Engineering Service reported to the city in 2003 that the stairwell was building up unsafe levels of rust and had no connection at its base. The organization recommended that the city renovate the stairwell before its inevitable collapse.
If you or someone you know has been injured or killed due to unstable or inadequately maintained public structures, contact the Danville wrongful death lawyers of Spiros Law, P.C. at 217-443-4343 today.