Family of Truck Driver Awarded One Million Dollars Against City of Chicago

On Tuesday, April 10, 2012, a federal jury in Chicago awarded the family of a deceased truck driver $1 million in a wrongful death lawsuit.  In April, 2008, Donald Wells careened off of the Dan Ryan Expressway and crashed into a crowded escalator at a CTA station in Chinatown.  The accident killed two people and injured 21 others.  Wells was taken to Stroger Hospital and then the police station. Attorneys and family members claimed that Wells appeared disoriented and acted abnormally.  Wells died in custody.  His attorneys claimed that he suffered organ damage and other fatal complications because he was not properly treated.  The estate's lawyers maintained that the jail keepers were negligent in detaining him for too long.  Litigating this case presented significant hurdles to the estate's lawyers in light of Well's earlier actions.