Clifford Law Offices files lawsuit against Skokie in death of passenger struck by garbage truck

Clifford Law Offices yesterday filed a lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court against the village of Skokie for the death of one of the people who was riding in a car when a garbage truck struck and killed her.

The truck fully laden with refuse was heading back to a transfer station while traveling down Harlem Avenue in north suburban Glenview.  The multi-ton truck landed on top of the 2006 Kia which burst into flames, according to the complaint filed by the personal injury and wrongful death law firm.  The scene was so gruesome that it was unknown for hours how many people were involved or any identifying characteristics of those killed.  The truck driver was unhurt, according to reports.

The complaint filed in the Law Division alleges that the truck driver was negligent in driving too fast for conditions and did not keep a proper lookout for vehicles.  The collision occurred at the intersection of Harlem and Harrison in Glenview just after noon on Oct. 15.

Two women were passengers in the car and the driver, a male, were from Chicago. They include Gwi Rye Kim, 65, of West Berwyn Avenue who had been in the United States about eight years..  Her eldest of three children, Jaeyoul Jung, a son, was appointed administrator of her estate in probate court today and is the plaintiff in the wrongful death action. Flowers were left at the crash scene, including one tied to a nearby tree. An elementary school is located about a block and a half from the scene down Harlem Avenue.

“The police are still investigating the crash and have in their possession the Skokie garbage truck and the smashed and burned SUV,” said Robert A. Clifford, senior partner at Clifford Law Offices.  “We have been denied access to these important elements of evidence, including access to the downloading of any Electronic Control Modules on the garbage truck or SUV, which will tell us about the speed of the vehicles at impact and any braking efforts at impact.”

The complaint alleges that the garbage truck driver was driving too fast for conditions and did not keep a proper look out, contributing to this tragic crash in which the garbage truck broadsided the SUV, rode up on the SUV, continually crushing it, causing a fiery inferno as the truck pushed the SUV another 90 to 100 feet up onto the parkway.

“The police refuse to release the name of the garbage truck driver so that the plaintiff cannot obtain his statement on this sad event,” Clifford said, “We have asked the court to order the Glenview Police to preserve all evidence and release the police report to the Plaintiff.”

A press conference was held at Clifford Law Offices yesterday with Thomas Prindable, Managing Partner of Clifford Offices, and Jaeyoul Jung, the deceased’s son.

For further information, please contact Clifford Law Offices Communications Partner Pamela Sakowicz Menaker at 312-899-9090, 847-251-4877 or 847-721-0909.