Corboy & Demetrio Files Lawsuit in Death of Woman in Deerfield Bakery Parking Lot
Corboy & Demetrio has filed a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the family of a 53-year-old woman who was picking up her daughter’s 21st birthday cake from Deerfield’s Bakery when she was struck by a minivan driven by the owner of Deerfield Music, Inc. Both the driver and his company are named as defendants in the lawsuit, which was filed on Sept. 18, 2019 in Cook County Circuit Court.
“The family is anxiously awaiting to see what criminal charges will be brought against this driver who failed to see a pedestrian who was clearly smack-dab in front of him in an open parking lot. The family understandably wants to see our criminal system work and learn why in the world this driver fled the scene,” said Thomas Demetrio of Corboy & Demetrio, which represents the family.
“We filed this lawsuit in order to get court protection for important evidence, including the minivan, which the Deerfield Police has already released back to its owner,” added Corboy & Demetrio Attorney Andrew P. Stevens.
The woman, who left behind a husband and two daughters, was walking in the parking lot next to the bakery with her cake when she was hit by the defendant whose business, Music Center of Deerfield, is adjacent to the bakery. The driver and his minivan were found about an hour later by Deerfield Police.
The lawsuit alleges that the driver failed to keep a safe and proper lookout for pedestrians, failed to avoid striking the pedestrian and failed to stop his vehicle after striking the woman, dragging her underneath it. Witnesses claim they heard her calling for help after she was struck.
A judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County granted Corboy & Demetrio’s Motion for a Protective Order on Sept. 19, 2019 and ordered that the 2008 Honda Odyssey minivan and all evidence relating to the case be preserved and protected.