CHICAGO (CBS) — The family of a Chicago woman and two children who were killed by a semi-trailer truck last week has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver and trucking company.
Elizabeth Peralta-Luna, 30, was walking hand-in-hand with her two children – 9-year-old Elizabeth and 4-year-old Dylan – in the 4300 block of South Ashland Avenue on Friday, when a truck making a left turn hit all three of them.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Dry And Not As Hot
Witnesses said the truck driver had a green light as he turned from westbound 43rd onto southbound Ashland, and apparently did not see Peralta-Luna and her children as they headed to a bus stop.
Peralta-Luna’s aunt, Maricela Ruiz, filed a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the victims on Monday in Cook County Circuit Court. It names the truck driver, 23-year-old Zachary Barngrover, and the Monson & Sons trucking company as defendants.READ MORE: Massive Chemical Plant Fire In Rockton, Illinois, Could Burn For Days
The lawsuit claimed Barngrover, was using his cell phone at the time of the accident.
Barngrover was cited with failing to yield to a pedestrian at a crosswalk and making an improper left turn on a two-way road, police said.MORE NEWS: Chicago’s Speed Cameras Churn Out Hundreds Of Thousands Of Tickets After Rule Change
Many trucks pass through the intersection of 43rd and Ashland each day, as they enter or exit the Stockyard Industrial Park, a group of warehouses and manufacturing plants in the Back of the Yards neighborhood.