Waukegan Personal Injury Firm Files Lawsuit on Behalf of Lake County Family after Boating Crash near Fox Lake

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Personal injury attorney Tara Devine of Salvi Schostok & Pritchard P.C. says the case demonstrates the dangers that intoxicated boat drivers pose to everyone on Illinois waters.

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This was a serious boat accident resulting in significant injuries.

The Waukegan personal injury firm of Salvi Schostok & Pritchard P.C. filed a lawsuit today on behalf of a 37-year-old Lake County woman who sustained severe injuries after the boat she was riding on was allegedly struck by a boat driven by a man under the influence of alcohol.

“This was a serious boat accident resulting in significant injuries,” said Waukegan personal injury lawyer Tara Devine of Salvi Schostok & Pritchard P.C., the plaintiff’s lead attorney.

“We believe this is another example of the danger intoxicated drivers pose to everyone on the water,” Devine said. “Extra precaution should be taken during the busy summer months.”

The firm filed the boating accident lawsuit in the Circuit Court of Lake County. (Case No. 12 L 508).

According to the complaint, the plaintiff, Dena Renzulli (a Bartlett, Ill., resident) was a passenger on a pontoon boat out for a leisurely ride with her husband, her 4-year-old twin sons and two friends on May 26, 2012.

At approximately 9:40 p.m., another boat operated by Brian Yost, 36, of Crystal Lake, struck Renzulli’s pontoon boat, the complaint states.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Department said that Yost was driving a 2000 Glastron Carlson near a no-wake zone when he sped away from Famous Freddy’s Roadhouse and jetted out over the bow of the pontoon boat, according to the complaint.

The police said the collision threw Renzulli from onboard the pontoon boat into the water, the complaint alleges.

According to the complaint, Lake County Marine Deputy Rich Free and Deputy Mike Rompala pulled Renzulli from the lake before rescue crews arrived.

The police said that Renzulli suffered serious injuries to her ribs, leg, pelvis, and face, and she was taken to Advocate Condell Medical Center for treatment, the complaint states. Lake County marine deputies brought Yost to Advocate Condell Medical Center for blood and urine tests.

Recently, Devine recovered $1 million on behalf of another Illinois woman who was seriously injured when a boat she was on was struck by another boat – causing her boat to capsize. The boating collision also involved allegations of alcohol use. (Case No. 09 L 873, Circuit Court of Lake County).

About Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C.

Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. is a leading Illinois personal injury law firm with offices in Chicago and Waukegan. In addition to representing clients in catastrophic personal injury, medical malpractice, aviation and product liability cases, the firm focuses on car and truck accidents, airplane and train accidents, construction injuries, birth injuries, brain injuries, unsafe properties and animal attacks. The firm has obtained more than $630 million on behalf of its clients in personal injury and wrongful death cases, including 180 multi-million dollar verdicts or settlements. The firm’s Waukegan office is located at 218 North Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, Waukegan, IL, 60085 (local phone (847) 249-1227). For more information, call (312) 372-1227 or use the firm’s online contact form.

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