CHICAGO, Aug. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Corboy & Demetrio partner Daniel M. Kotin settled a case today for $5.1 million on behalf of the family of a man who was struck and killed by a Megabus in 2010 just blocks from the scene of yesterday's fatal pedestrian crash involving a Megabus and Ms. Donna Halstead.
On Feb. 23, 2010, Wes Krueger, 64, was walking west on Adams Street and crossing Des Plaines Street in the crosswalk when a left turning Megabus operated by Shervyle Pruitt struck him and dragged him 30 feet before stopping. Mr. Krueger died soon thereafter at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
"The fact that yesterday's incident involving Ms. Halstead occurred just a couple of blocks from where Wes Krueger was killed is equally as tragic, but frankly, not surprising," Kotin said. The Megabus curbside loading zone is in that neighborhood. With the number of motor coaches on the roads combined with afternoon pedestrian traffic, any amount of inattentive driving would make a pedestrian death almost predictable."
Wes Krueger is survived by his wife Linda, adult sons Scott and Matthew, and several grandchildren. Scott and Matthew are raising their families in Houston, Texas, and Linda had moved there months earlier, Kotin said. Wes was preparing to retire from his career as Vice President of Superior Graphite in Chicago and had intended to join his wife and children in Houston in nine months, Kotin added.
"Our investigation revealed no failures in bus maintenance or driver training which would have contributed to the crash," Kotin said. Bus driver Pruitt simply didn't see the pedestrian in the crosswalk. However, national data revealing a higher incident of crashes involving discount carriers combined with yesterday's death of Ms. Halstead and last week's Megabus bus crash near St. Louis leads me to believe that there is a systematic problem which must be addressed. These can no longer be seen as isolated incidents."
Case info: Linda S. Krueger, Administrator of the Estate of Wesley C. Krueger, deceased, v. Megabus USA, LLC and Shervyle J. Pruitt, Case No. 10L3399C, Cook County Circuit Court.
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