Wrongful death complaint filed over I-57 accident

Kelly Holleran Apr. 15, 2009, 10:32am

An Illinois woman has filed suit against KD Xpress, one of its employees and the executor of a deceased man's estate, claiming she was severely injured after a multi-vehicle accident.

Elizabeth Jackson says she was driving a 2007 Dodge Charger south on Interstate 57 on Nov. 12 when she collided with a 2007 Chevrolet Impala driven by David A. Jack, the deceased man.

The accident occurred after Brian DeAngelis, who was working for KD Xpress, drove a 2007 International Ha Trucktractor into the back of Jack's Impala as Jack and DeAngelis were driving north on Interstate 57, according to the complaint filed April 13 in Madison County Circuit Court.

That caused Jack to cross the median into the southbound lane, where Jackson collided with him.

Because of the collision, Jack died and co-defendant Merle C. Bassett was appointed the executor of his estate, according to the complaint.

Jackson says she suffered permanent pain, mental anguish, disability and disfigurement because of the accident and has been permanently prevented from attending to her usual duties. She has also lost wages and incurred medical expenses, the suit states.

Jackson says DeAngelis was negligent by failing to reduce his speed and by striking Jack's vehicle.

Jack negligently traveled north on Interstate 57 below the posted minimum speed limit, according to the complaint.

In the three-count suit, Jackson is seeking a judgment of more than $225,000, plus costs.

She is represented by Thomas Q. Keefe, Jr. of Belleville.

Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-372.

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