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Family of woman killed in Skokie garbage truck crash files suit

The Village of Skokie is facing a lawsuit by the family of one of three people who were killed on Oct. 15 when one of its garbage trucks collided with an SUV.

The 65-year-old woman, who lived in Chicago, was a passenger in the SUV when the vehicle collided with the garbage truck at the corner of Harrison Street and Harlem Avenue in Glenview. The SUV caught fire, killing the woman and the other two occupants of the vehicle.

According to the Glenview Police Department, the truck accident is still being investigated. However, the woman's oldest son, who is the named plaintiff in the case, is accusing the garbage truck driver of negligence. The truck driver was not injured.

According to the suit, the truck driver was exceeding the speed limit in a school zone, and failed to watch for other drivers. However, on its website, the Village of Skokie contends that its driver had the right of way at the intersection, and that the SUV ran the stop sign at the intersection.

The plaintiff's mother came to the U.S. from South Korea eight years ago. She has three adult children. They and their attorneys are attempting to get access to both of the vehicles involved in the accident to determine the speed and the braking at the time of the collision.

The local NBC affiliate, Channel 5, reports that although the garbage truck driver has not been publicly named, according to the Village of Skokie, he has been employed with them for 19 years, and has an exemplary record of operating a garbage truck.

This case exemplifies why it is important to have attorneys on your side who know how to deal with defendants who may be less than cooperative. It does seem that it would behoove the Village of Skokie to be more forthright regarding the evidence in the case, considering that they will likely be facing the family members of the other people who perished in this tragic accident.

The Chicago Tribune, "Lawsuit filed against Skokie in fatal crash involving garbage truck" Alexandra Chachkevitch, Oct. 29, 2013

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