Family of Dead Trucker Awarded $1 million By Federal Jury
On April 10, 2012, a federal jury awarded relatives of a truck driver over $1 million from a lawsuit claiming the man was denied prompt medical attention after a vehicular accident.
In 2008, Donald Wells was driving a semi-tractor trailer truck that careened off an expressway in the city of Chicago. The truck crashed into the Chinatown Red Line CTA station, striking pedestrians and the station’s main stairwell that leads up to the elevated tracks. Two people were killed and 21 were injured in the incident.
Well’s family claimed in the lawsuit that the Metamora, Michigan resident was delayed from getting needed medical attention by Chicago police officers. He died a few weeks after the accident. The federal jury awarded the settlement after holding the city responsible for detaining Wells too long.
City of Chicago attorneys stated that they will challenge the decision.
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