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Corboy & Demetrio Files Lawsuit against UPS for Evanston Woman Crushed by Truck


Corboy & Demetrio filed a negligence lawsuit on Thursday against United Parcel Service on behalf of an Evanston woman who was struck by a UPS truck and crushed under its full weight for 30 minutes until firefighters freed her.  

The plaintiff was crossing Ashland Avenue in the crosswalk at Central Street on Dec. 22, 2014, when she was hit by the UPS truck.  The UPS truck rolled over her and pinned her body under its axle.  A new mother, she was rushed to the hospital in critical condition and was put in a drug-induced coma to help save her life.  

“Our client suffered life threatening injuries as a result of the severe crushing her body suffered under the full weight of the UPS truck,” said her attorney Michael K. Demetrio of Corboy & Demetrio.  “In addition, she missed her son’s first Christmas and other milestones mothers dream about experiencing with their children,” Demetrio added.

Corboy & Demetrio also filed an Emergency Motion for a Protective Order to preserve evidence in the case, including UPS records of the number of stops the driver made that day.

The lawsuit also names UPS driver Gabriel Garcia as a defendant, alleging he was negligent, in part, by failing to stop and yield to a pedestrian within the right-of-way.  Garcia allegedly told police he wasn’t even aware he ran over the victim until he heard her screaming under the truck.

Case #2015L411, Cook County Circuit Court filed on Jan. 15, 2015.

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