Corboy & Demetrio Files Lawsuits on Behalf of Victims of Gold Coast Pedestrian Crash

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Nanny and Parents of Toddler Injured in Crash Sue City of Chicago & Truck Driver

Any time a driver is negligent and someone is severely injured, it is tragic, said Corboy & Demetrio partner, Dan Kotin

Corboy & Demetrio filed two lawsuits Monday morning arising out of the incident on Saturday afternoon in which a City of Chicago truck driver ran down several pedestrians on the sidewalk at the corner of Rush Street and Cedar Street in Chicago’s Gold Coast.

The lawsuits filed against the City of Chicago and its employee Dwight Washington were filed on behalf of a 20-month-old toddler, Tyler Jones, and her 25-year-old caregiver, Jennifer Anton, who was pushing the little girl in a stroller.

Thomas A. Demetrio stated, “The firm sought and obtained an emergency order of protection, which was entered by Circuit Court of Cook County Judge Michael Panter, requiring the City to preserve the truck, its contents, Dwight Washington’s personnel file, and any surveillance videotape so that the firm and experts retained by the firm can inspect them.” Demetrio added that the reason his firm moved swiftly for court protection is that, based upon its experience, evidence sometimes gets lost or altered.

“Any time a driver is negligent and someone is severely injured, it is tragic,” said Corboy & Demetrio partner, Dan Kotin. “But when you add the eyewitness accounts of the driver’s apparent intoxicated condition and the criminal charges brought against him, the conduct becomes reprehensible and can certainly create a great deal of outrage.”

The lawsuits also include counts against the City of Chicago for negligent supervision of its employee. “There was a drunken City worker driving a City truck in a crowded neighborhood. In addition, based on eyewitness accounts, the City truck was traveling at an excessive rate of speed. Someone with the City of Chicago should have prevented this,” said Kotin.

Demetrio stated, “Jennifer Anton suffered multiple severe fractures to her pelvis, hips, and legs, as well as severe degloving injuries to her legs. She has already undergone surgery, and her condition remains serious.”

Demetrio also stated that, “Thankfully, little Tyler’s injuries are much less severe. She has been discharged from Children’s Memorial Hospital, but is following up with orthopedic surgeons regarding a possible leg fracture.”

According to Kotin, “Witness accounts indicate that Jen Anton was a true hero. She pushed little Tyler out of the path of a direct impact, and probably saved Tyler’s life.”

Jones v. City of Chicago, et al. Circuit Court of Cook County, Case No. 2011 L 5261 H
Anton v. City of Chicago, et al. Circuit Court of Cook County, Case No. 2011 L 5260 X

Inquiries can be made to either Thomas A. Demetrio or Daniel M. Kotin of Corboy & Demetrio, 312.346.3191.

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