Brother of Chicago man files wrongful death suit

On behalf of Romanucci & Blandin, LLC posted in Wrongful Death on Thursday, December 13, 2012

The Chicago man was just 26 years old when his life came to an end in a violent crash on the Dan Ryan Expressway.

The driver of the vehicle in which the man was killed faces criminal charges. But he isn’t the owner of the vehicle and he wasn’t even licensed to drive. Now the driver’s mother — she’s the one who owns the vehicle and lent it to him — is facing a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the dead man’s brother.

The legal action makes the point that the mother was wrong to lend her car to her South Side son, who did not have a valid driver’s license.

He was charged after the crash with reckless homicide and leaving the scene of the accident that killed the passenger in the 2004 Lincoln LS. The man apparently fled the scene of the single-car crash, but later surrendered to Illinois State Police.

The driver was at the wheel of the Lincoln, going south near the 47th Street exit, when the car crashed into a barrier wall, veered through traffic and came to a stop near a bridge. Another person in the car was seriously injured.

The lawsuit argues that the driver was speeding and that his mother “failed to use reasonable care” to ensure that her son had a valid driver’s license when she lent him the vehicle.

The 26-year-old victim has two young sons.

The lawsuit seeks in excess of $100,000 in damages from the defendant.

Source: Chicago Tribune, “Family of man killed in Dan Ryan crash sues driver’s mother,” Dec. 10, 2012