Hyundai sued over couple's death; Elantra blamed as not crash-worthy

Andrea Dearden Feb. 24, 2011, 1:42am

The relatives of a Madison County couple killed in a car crash are suing the makers of the car they were driving for allegedly causing their deaths.

Christopher Zimmer, on behalf of his deceased brother Adam, and Theresa Arnold, on behalf of her deceased sister Lindsey Arnold-Zimmer and Arnold-Zimmer's unborn child, filed a lawsuit Feb. 10 in Madison County Circuit Court against Hyundai Motor America.

According to the lawsuit, Adam was a passenger in the Hyundai Elantra his pregnant wife, Lindsey, was driving in February 2010. As they drove south on Illinois Route 111, they were allegedly rear-ended and forced into oncoming traffic. The Elantra allegedly collided with another car, causing a crash that killed Adam, Lindsey and the unborn baby.

Hyundai is accused of designing a car that was not crash-worthy, had a defective seatbelt and defective seat, all of which Zimmer and Arnold say led to their relatives' deaths.

Christopher Zimmer and Theresa Arnold are suing Hyundai for negligence and wrongful death. They are asking for an unspecified amount of money in damages along with court costs.

Attorney Donald M. Flack of Wood River is representing Zimmer and Arnold.

Madison County Circuit Court Case No. 11-L-131.

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