Posted On: June 4, 2010 by Steven J. Malman

Cook County Car Accident Lawsuit Seeks Compensation from Village of Elmwood Park for Injuries Sustained by Daughter Struck by Police Car

James Sullivan is suing the village of Elmwood Park and police officer Mark Zelasco for injuries to a minor. Sullivan’s daughter Kelly was injured during a Cook County pedestrian accident on the evening of May 18. He is seeking over $150,000.

According to court documents, Kelly Sullivan was at the intersection of 75th and Marwood Avenues when she was struck by an Elmwood Village police car driven by officer Mark Zelasco. She had to be transported by ambulance to a Maywood hospital.

In his Elmwood Park pedestrian accident lawsuit, Sullivan contends that Zelasco was driving in an unsafe manner and at an unsafe speed, did not slow down to avoid becoming involved in a traffic accident, failed to avoid the collision, and did not sound his horn.

Sullivan also claims that because of the pedestrian accident, Kelly will experience future pain and suffering, loss of the enjoyment of her normal life, and is now disabled and disfigured. He is seeking compensation for his daughter’s medical expenses and rehabilitation costs, as well as for the lost wages incurred by family members that have had to take time off work to take care of her.

Steps drivers can take to avoid striking a pedestrian:
• Be extra careful and watchful at intersections and crosswalks
• Don’t drive drunk
• Don’t text or talk on the cell phone
• Obey traffic signals and lights

Dad sues village after girl struck by patrol car, Pioneer Local, June 3, 2010

Related Web Resources:
Village of Elmwood Park, Illinois

Pedestrians, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Serious Chicago pedestrian injuries are often life changing and can leave the victim with serious injuries and disabilities. Your Chicago car accident lawyer can help you explore your legal options.

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