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Corboy & Demetrio Files Lawsuit Against Lyft after Driver Hits 80-year-old Chicago Crossing Guard  

01.18.2018

Corboy & Demetrio has filed a negligence lawsuit on behalf of Janet Gould, an 80-year-old crossing guard in Chicago, who was struck by a Lyft car on Jan. 8, 2018, as she was helping children cross from Helen C. Peirce School of International Studies on Chicago’s far north side.

Mrs. Gould, who has worked as a cross guard for 34 years, suffered serious injuries.  She is represented by Corboy & Demetrio Co-founder Thomas A. Demetrio and Partner Francis Patrick Murphy.   Lyft and Lyft driver Mohammadsalim Vhora are both named as defendants in the lawsuit.

Mrs. Gould was wearing a reflective vest and using a handheld red STOP sign to alert traffic of children in the crosswalk, and she was standing inside the crosswalk in the 5600 block of N. Clark when she was hit by Vhora’s Toyota sedan as he was making a left turn from Bryn Mawr Avenue, according to the lawsuit.

“For the past 34 years, Janet has been guarding thousands of school children crossing the street at that location,” said Demetrio.  “Those children, many who are now married with children of their own, are praying for her recovery,” Demetrio added.

“Only an utterly distracted driver would miss a school crossing guard, wearing a reflective vest, holding a big red stop sign, standing in the middle of a marked crosswalk at the end of a school day,” said Murphy.  “This tragedy is incomprehensible,” he added.

Case Info: Janet Gould and John Gould v. Lyft, Inc. and Mohammadsalim Vhora; Filed in Cook Co. Circuit Ct. on Jan. 18, 2018; Case#2018-L-000606

MEDIA CONTACT:  Helen Lucaitis, Communications Director, Corboy & Demetrio,

HHL@corboydemetrio.com; 312-346-3191(office); 312-550-2077(cell)

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