COOK COUNTY, IL – The Chicago.Suntime.com writes that a man was killed in a collision with a salt truck in Chicago’s South Side last January. The family of the victim is now suing the driver of the truck. The incident took place on January 27, 2019, when Mr. Crosby was in a 2004 Ford SUV traveling northbound on Avenue O and struck the back driver’s side of the salt truck.*
The collision caused significant damage to the front of the Ford, and one of the vehicle’s wheels became detached. According to the claims made by the victim’s estate, the salt truck drove through a stop sign before the collision.
The Ford was then rear-ended by another northbound vehicle, a 2005 Nissan Altima. Crosby died at the scene of the collision. The man driving the Nissan fled the scene of the accident on foot. Several hours later, that driver, Mr. Gomez turned himself into the police. Gomez is facing charges for multiple driving infractions.
Crosby’s body was located beneath Gomez’s vehicle, and the victim’s shoes were found outside the vehicle.
The lawsuit includes charges against Gomez for wrongful death and negligence. The victim’s estate is seeking $100,000 in damages. The City of Chicago and the person who was driving the salt truck are also named in the complaint. The complaint states that the City has the information necessary to determine who should be included as defendants.
The autopsy report indicated that Crosby died from blunt force trauma from the crash.
The 55-year-old man who was operating the salt truck was taken to Trinity Hospital.
The crash is still being investigated by the Chicago Police Department’s Major Accident Investigation Unit.