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Eatery settles wrongful death suit for $1.1 million – Chicago Tribune

Harriet McLeod Reuters
2:25 p.m. CDT, August 6, 2012

CHARLESTON, South Carolina (Reuters) – The owner of a South Carolina restaurant has agreed to pay $ 1.1 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of a man killed last December in a fiery car crash.Quentin Gregory Miller, 32, died on December 17 when his car was struck from behind on a bridge near Charleston in an early morning collision and burst into flames, according to police.
The driver of the vehicle that struck Miller’s, Adam Joseph Brunelle, was an assistant manager for Charleston’s Husk restaurant at the time. He was charged with felony driving under the influence and is free on bail awaiting trial.In the suit, Miller’s family said Husk allowed Brunelle to drink alcohol at the restaurant past the legal bar closing time of 2 a.m., the family’s attorney said.A police report shows Brunelle’s blood alcohol level was .24, three times the legal limit in South Carolina.Husk’s owner, Neighborhood Dining Group, and Peerless Indemnity Insurance Company will pay the settlement money to Miller’s parents and common law wife, according to court documents. The settlement agreement will be finalized on Thursday, August 9.Husk was named “Best New Restaurant in America” by Bon Appetit magazine in 2011.(Editing By Tom Brown, Cynthia Johnston and Andre Grenon)

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Wrongful Death Suit Filed in Train Derailment – NBC Chicago

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Bodies Found in Derailment Debris

Flattened vehicle was found beneath rubble during first full day of cleanup. Jeff Goldblatt reports.

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Freight Train Derails, Bridge Collapses

A freight train jumped the tracks near Willow Road and Shermer Avenue on the Glenview, Northbrook border. A bridge collapsed under the train, creating a boom so loud, neighbors said it sounded like an explosion.

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A judge has ordered all clean-up halted at the site where a train derailed Wednesday in Glenview after a couple was found dead buried beneath the rubble.
Two people discovered inside a car beneath debris from the derailment were identified as Burton Lindner, 69 and wife Zorine Lindner, 70.
The couple lived a block away from the site of the derailment, which spilled thousands of tons of coal from the train. Their car and bodies were discovered Thursday morning while crews cleaned up wreckage from the derailment.
Lindner was the founding and senior partner for his firm, Lindner & Lindner, in the northern suburb and had been practicing law since 1970.
“Bert and Zorine were just two fantastic people, well-loved by everyone,” said attorney Michael LaMonica. “They traveled together. They volunteered together. They were super close with their family.”
Attorneys for the couple filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Union Pacific on behalf of the Lindner family and estate and requested cleanup work be stopped.
The Cook County judge injunction ends at 11 p.m. Saturday night. Until then all activity must cease within 400 feet of site, which means no cleanup and no trains.
“This exact same spot was the site of a train derailment a mere three years ago,”┬áLaMonica said. “So Union Pacific knew about this spot, they were supposed to have done [...]

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