SMITH & SMITH FILES MULTIPLE LAWSUITS ARISING OUT OF FEB. 3RD DEADLY I-57 CRASH WHERE SEMI-TRACTOR TRAILER CROSSED MEDIAN STRIKING VAN IN ASHKUM, ILLINOIS

Our attorney has filed three lawsuits arising out of a deadly crash between a semi-tractor trailer and a van. On February 3, 2004 at approximately 5 a.m., three friends, Kori McKenzie (age 32), Gene L. Powell (age 27) and Joey Worthon (age 31) were in a van heading northbound on I-57 in Ashkum, Illinois. Near mile post 290, a semi-tractor trailer heading southbound on I-57 crossed the median into the northbound lanes striking the van. Gene L. Powell and Joey Worthon were killed in the collision. Kori McKenzie is in the Intensive Care Unit of Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, IL.

The truck was driven by Kelso Escoto, an employee of South End Cartage Corp. The Illinois State Police have reportedly charged Kelso Escoto with reckless driving and driving without a license. South End Cartage Corp. has offices at 4222 S. Knox Ave., Chicago, IL.

The lawsuits, filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County, name South End Cartage Corp. and Kelso Escoto as defendants. The complaints allege that Kelso and South End were negligent in the operation of the semi tractor-trailer. The cases are entitled Kori McKenzie v. South End Cartage Corp. and Kelso Escoto, Case No. 04 L 1404; Johnnie Worthon, Special Administrator of the Estate of Joey Worthon v. South End Cartage Corp. and Kelso Escoto, Case No. 04 L 1462; and Sheila J. Powell, Special Administrator of the Estate of Gene L. Powell v. South End Cartage Corp. and Kelso Escoto, Case No.04 L 1534. In the coming weeks, Mr. Cavanagh will file a Motion to Consolidate the three lawsuits for discovery and trial. Take a look at this law firm marketing for more information.

On February 6, 2004, Mr. Cavanagh filed an Emergency Motion for a Protective Order requesting that the vehicles and all pertinent evidence be preserved. Judge Michael Hogan granted Plaintiff’s Motion and ordered that the two vehicles and other evidence not be destroyed.

Smith & Smith has successfully prosecuted numerous cases arising from semi-tractor trailer crashes. Mr. Cavanagh represents two persons injured in the horrific crash on I-90 on October 1, 2003 when a semi struck a van full of passengers from International Women’s Associates. In addition, Mr. Cavanagh has obtained several recent significant multi-million dollar results for passengers injured in vehicle collisions. In 2002, Mr. Cavanagh obtained a verdict of $21.3 million for two passengers of a SUV injured in a collision with a freight train. In 2003, Mr. Cavanagh obtained a $4.5 million settlement for the passenger of a van killed in a collision with a semi-tractor trailer.

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