Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed After Fatal Illinois Crash

Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) October 31, 2014 – A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed after a January car accident on the Eisenhower Expressway in Forest Park killed an Illinois woman.

The lawsuit was filed by Mary Cruz, as representative of Krystle Hernandez’s estate, against Aaron Moore, who was charged with DUI in the crash. The owner of the car Moore was driving was also named as a defendant.

β€œIn terrible circumstances like these, a wrongful death lawsuit may be appropriate so that the victim’s family is able to receive some compensation for their loss,” said Paul Greenberg, a Chicago wrongful death attorney with Briskman Briskman & Greenberg. Greenberg is not involved in the case.

According to police, a Ford Windstar van was stalled in the center eastbound lane of Interstate 290 in the early morning hours of January 12 when it was hit by a Dodge Durango SUV. Hernandez, who was sitting in the back seat of the van, and Evelette Rivera, the driver, were both killed on impact, according to the medical examiner’s office.

Moore and a woman in the SUV with him were taken to the hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, police said. Moore was charged with aggravated DUI causing death, aggravated driving under the influence of drugs causing death and leaving the scene of a fatal accident.

The wrongful death lawsuit accuses Moore of negligence and of willful and wanton conduct. The owner of the Dodge Durango is accused of willful and wanton conduct and negligent entrustment for allowing Moore to operate the vehicle.

The lawsuit, filed in Cook County Circuit Court, seeks damages in excess of $300,000