Family Sues After Suspected DUI Crash Kills Mother Of Four

CHICAGO (CBS 2) – The husband of a Chicago woman killed Friday when her car was allegedly struck by a Lynwood village vehicle traveling the wrong way in traffic is suing the Village of Lynwood and the driver for $1 million.

CBS 2’s Mike Puccinelli talked with the husband who is suing the village over his wife’s tragic death.

Manuel Little said he has been sleeping on the couch because he can’t bear being in his bed without his wife. “We’ve been sleeping in the same bed for fourteen years.”

Little can’t sleep next to his wife anymore because as he said, she’s sleeping with angels. “I think that’s why God took her. He must have needed her up there.”

Little’s wife, Melikah, was killed after a driver going the wrong way down Route 394 slammed into her car head-on.

Little was driving a separate vehicle just behind his wife when the collision happened, “It happened so fast. I couldn’t see it. It was like we hit a wall that just appeared in the middle of the expressway.”

His car was also hit and his hip was broken on impact but he still tried to help his wife Melikah. “I felt for a pulse. Didn’t feel a pulse. I knew it. I knew it but I didn’t want to believe it.”

Personal injury attorney Joe Vitu said it didn’t have to happen. He adds that longtime Lynwood village clerk Roy Valle is to blame because, Vitu claims, Valle was drunk when the crashed occurred. That’s why Vitu is suing Lynwood, so the village will have to pay for Valle’s mistake which took a wife from Little and a mom from four young girls.

“It’s never acceptable for anyone to be driving drunk. It’s almost unbelievable that he could have done this. It’s clear that he did,” said Vitu.

CBS 2 was unable to get a on camera interview from the Lynwood mayor but sources in the office said that Valle was the type of boss who would give you the shirt of his back.

Little now is faced with explaining to his kids what happened to their mother, “She asks me where is my mother? I say home with God. She says home is here, I want my mommy back.”

  • FHS

    Suing the driver; go for it, put the driver behind bars for life. The city, stupidity/greed.

    • Kim McDaniel

      Was the city clerk drunk on company time? Was he driving a government issued vehicle? I, too, am lost as to why the Village was included in the lawsuit.

      • Tinisha Jones

        Yes Kim he was driving Lynwood vehicle. I don’t think it was company time at 1am

  • cosmo

    A million isn’t nearly enough, his lawyer should be asking for more.

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  • Severin

    Only $1 million? Consider what you’re going to be getting after you pay your greedy lawyer.

  • jeff

    I agree with the comments but its not that there greedy its because you have to get a lawyer in order to get anything out of life for something that has been taken from you! Do you think that the village of Lynwood would just give him money? Now the employee should be charged with manslaughter!!!

  • Gerald Veselsky

    I agree he should be going to jail for a long time and yes the husband should and will get a lot more then what thy are asking for. I cant even put into words how bad i feel for him and especially the kids.

  • Avg Joe

    another corrupt drunk county lackie …thinking they are special …this drunk should have been locked up since the accident, instead crook county and he’ll walk as the tax payers will flip the bill for this DRUNK!!…time to toss him in the pokie….and sue Lynwwod for every penny they have make them the next havrey….

  • Jew Lawyer

    oy…i’d have gone for $50 million….

  • abc123

    I agree with Avg Joe. A citation…let me say that again…a citation for DUI? Two kids have lost their mother, a husband has lost his wife, and this guy is out free instead of sitting in a jail cell. The fix is clearly in. Why anyone would live in the rank cesspool that is Crook County is beyond me.

    • Amigwyn

      Four. Four kids have lost their mom. Not that it matters.. even if she left behind only one child it’s still uncalled for and tragic.

      And $1 mil? The lawyer will get 40% probably … and it will cost a LOT more than that to raise those children… if he works he’ll need to get child care. If she worked, too, that’s loss income. There is no way to replace her I’m sure… but their financial burden should at least be alleviated so their healing can begin.

      I hope he wins and the judge realizes he needs more and orders a larger settlement.

      • Tinisha Jones

        Thanks Amigwyn….. Well spoken I would say go for more also

      • corey

        wow very deep you have humbled my outrage ty

  • Gina Amsden Burney

    I have know Roy Valle for a long time. While I feel for his family, I believe there should be jail time and more than 1 million dollars to the Little family. Kids are expensive to raise, now Mr. Little has to do it alone. I have seen first hand how lives are changed when a drunk driver takes a loved one fron you. My Uncle was Killed by a drunk driver 11/5/10. My prayers are with the Little Family. Drunk Drivers should be Behind Bars NOT sitting at them !!!!!!

  • s.e.

    If the husband thought it was her time because God needed her in heaven, then why is he sueing? If Gos needed her then it can’t be the other driver’s fault. Either God exsits and we have no choice (therefore, we can’t be held legally responsible for our actions) or God doesn’t exsist and humans should be punished for their deeds.

  • m tire

    If it was me, i’d shoot him in the head with buckshot. I’m serious !

  • Lynne

    @Jeff – If it was anyone else, they WOULD have been charged for manslaughter…

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