$6 Million Settlement For Family Of Dance Instructor Killed By Train

CHICAGO (CBS) — A Chicago family has settled a multimillion-dollar civil lawsuit on behalf of a dance instructor who was killed by an oncoming train a railroad crossing nearly two years ago.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Lisa Fielding reports, on April 16, 2010, Katie Ann Lunn was driving home from a dance competition at Governor’s State University in University Park. She was hit by a train running at a high speed train after railroad crossings failed to warn her of the oncoming train.

The wrongful death suit claimed the signals were deactivated earlier in the day for maintenance and were never turned back on. Illinois Central Railroad Company then fully admitted liability and agreed to a $6 million settlement on Monday night, according to a news release from the law firm Corboy & Demetrio.

Jury selection had been scheduled to begin Monday morning for a trial before Cook County Circuit Court Judge Mary Dooling.

Lunn taught at the Joffrey Ballet School in Chicago and the School of Performing Arts in Naperville. She also danced with the Hip Hop Connxion and the Chicago Dance Theater.

She was returning home from watching her students perform the night she died.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Lisa Fielding reports

  • Just Axin

    Whoever was in charge of turning those signals back on should be criminally charged.

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