Reno and Chicago Law Firms File Second Lawsuit On Behalf of Nebraska Family Killed in Amtrak Crash

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The Reno law firm of Bradley, Drendel & Jeanney and the Chicago law firm of Corboy & Demetrio have filed a lawsuit on behalf of the family of a grandmother and grandaughter who died in the Amtrak crash near Reno, Nevada on June 24, 2011.

The Knox family has been devastated by this tragedy and has asked us to represent and protect their interests.

The Reno law firm of Bradley, Drendel & Jeanney and the Chicago law firm of Corboy & Demetrio have jointly filed a second lawsuit on behalf of the husband and grandfather of two victims who died in the recent Amtrak crash near Reno, Nevada.

The lawsuit was filed by 71-year-old Bill Knox of Seward, Nebraska, who lost his wife, 58-year-old Frances Knox, and his 18-year-old granddaughter Annie Knox in the accident. Both were riding in a passenger car when a truck crashed into the train on June 24, 2011.

The lawsuit, filed in Washoe County District Court in Reno, Nevada on Wednesday, alleges that truck driver Laurence R. Valli and his employer, John Davis Trucking Company, were negligent in disregarding lowered crossing gates and signals and crashing into the Amtrak train.    

Annie Knox was traveling with her grandmother as part of a family trip and the teen was a survivor of kidney cancer.

According to Bradley Drendel & Jeanney lawyer Bill Bradley, “The Knox family has been devastated by this tragedy and has asked us to represent and protect their interests.”

Frances and Bill Knox legally adopted five of their grandchildren, including Annie in 2003 in California and later moved the family to Nebraska. The couple also adopted Annie’s siblings, including a 10-year-old boy; a 12-year-old girl; a 14-year-old girl and a 17-year-old girl. Bill Knox asked their identities be protected.

According to Corboy & Demetrio founding partner Thomas A. Demetrio, “Fran and Bill Knox had already risen above all that could be asked of them when they legally adopted their five grandchildren. Now, with the loss of Fran and Annie, Bill is left with the overwhelming responsibility of raising the other four children alone.”

The last mass transit accident case that Corboy & Demetrio lawyer Thomas A. Demetrio tried resulted in a record-setting $29.6 million dollar jury verdict in 2009 stemming from a Chicago Metra train crash.

Last week, the Reno and Chicago law firms jointly filed the first lawsuit in the deadly Amtrak crash on behalf of Amtrak train attendant Alexandra Curtis, 38, of Evanston, Illinois, who was injured in the accident.    

Case#: CV11-01992, William Knox v. John Davis Trucking Company

Media Contact: Helen Lucaitis, Communications Director, Corboy & Demetrio, P.C.,
33 N. Dearborn Street, 21st floor, Chicago, IL 60602; corboydemetrio.com
Phone: 312-346-3191 or 312-550-2077(cell) Email: hhl(at)corboydemetrio(dot)com

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