A Cook County wrongful death lawsuit filed almost three years ago has recently been given a change of venue. The case stems from the death of a sophomore at Grinnell College in 2010. Last Wednesday, the wrongful death case was re-filed in Morgan County Court naming the Midwest Athletic Conference, Illinois College and Grinnell College along with its board of trustees, as the defendants. Also named in the suit are two athletic equipment companies operating out of Champaign.
The sophomore died during a track meet competition for the Midwest Conference Championships in 2010 when he tried to clear 11 feet during the pole vault event. The lawsuit's documentation indicates that the landing pit mat collapsed during his attempt causing him to violently strike an unprotected area located next to the landing mat. The college student died from his injuries following the accident at a hospital in Springfield, Illinois.