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Family of Illinois State Trooper Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit – Law Firm Newswire (press release)

Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) February 25, 2013 – A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed by the family of an Illinois State Trooper who was hit by a tractor-trailer.

The Illinois State Trooper was struck and killed by a truck during a traffic stop on Interstate 55. The family of Trooper Kyle Deatherage filed the wrongful death lawsuit against DOT Foods, the owner of the truck.
“This is a tragic incident,” said Chicago car accident attorney Robert Briskman, who is not involved in the case. “If the trooper’s death was caused by the driver’s negligence, then a wrongful death lawsuit is the appropriate action to take.”
Deatherage, 32, was conducting a traffic stop along Interstate 55 near Litchfield, Illinois on November 26 when he was struck and killed by the tractor-trailer operated by DOT Foods.
Deatherage’s family alleges in the wrongful death lawsuit that the driver of the truck suffered from a diabetic condition that could cause him to lose consciousness while driving. The lawsuit claims that DOT Foods should have discovered this condition and should not have hired the driver. The driver has not been charged with a crime.
In December of 2012, the U.S. Department of Transportation revoked the driver’s license, ruling that he was not medically fit to drive and had not exercised due care regarding his medical condition.
Illinois law requires drivers to move over for stopped emergency vehicles. The state recorded 952 traffic fatalities in 2012, an increase from 918 the previous year.
DOT Foods said in a statement that the company has no evidence that the medical condition of the driver played any role in the collision. The company said that the driver was a military veteran with [...]

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State appeals Va. Tech wrongful death verdict – Fort Worth Star Telegram

By STEVE SZKOTAK
Associated Press
RICHMOND, Va. — The state moved Thursday to reverse a wrongful death verdict in the 2007 massacre at Virginia Tech while the parents of two students killed want the university’s president to stand trial for failing to alert the campus when the first gunshots rang out.
The separate appeals were filed in the state Supreme Court within 24 hours of each other.A jury in March found the state negligent in the deaths of Erin N. Peterson and Julia K. Pryde and awarded their families $ 4 million each. A judge in June upheld the negligence finding but reduced the jury’s award to $ 100,000 for each family, the highest amount allowed under a cap on damages against the state.The women were among 32 faculty and students killed on April 16, 2007, on Tech’s Blacksburg campus. Student gunman Seung-Hui Cho also killed himself in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.While the actions that morning of Steger, campus police and other university leaders were put under the microscope in a courtroom, the president and other officials were dismissed from the case before trial, leaving the state as the lone defendant. Attorneys for the parents argued successfully that Steger and other university officials waited too long after the first two students were shot in a dormitory to alert the campus of the violence. The gunman was still at large.In his appeal, attorney Robert T. Hall cites a policy adopted by Tech’s Board of Visitors that recognizes the school’s responsibility to provide a safe campus for its students.”The policy required university relations and the university police to make the campus community aware of crimes … in a timely fashion [...]

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