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Family Sues CTA Over Man’s Death In Accident

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CHICAGO (CBS/WBBM) – A man’s family has sued the CTA, nearly a year after he was hit and killed by a car while running between buses.

Nathaniel Okpogie, 21, was killed on June 17, 2010, when he was hit by a car near 115th Street and Michigan Avenue. He had just gotten out of one Chicago Transit Authority bus and was running to another, according to a lawsuit filed in Cook County Circuit Court.

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Police say the driver of the car that hit Okpogie, Lavall Luckett, called for help and stayed on the scene. Police said at the time that no criminal charges were expected against Luckett.

But Luckett is named in the lawsuit, accused of failing to keep a proper lookout, driving too fast for conditions and not reducing speed.

The suit also accuses the CTA of operating the bus in a way that put Okpogie into a dangerous situation, and of failing to train and supervise its employees.

The suit, filed by John Okpogie, is seeking unspecified judgment against Luckett and the CTA.

The CTA could not comment Tuesday evening.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

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