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Fourth lawsuit filed over downstate Megabus crash

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A fourth lawsuit was filed Friday against Megabus over a downstate crash that killed a 25-year-old graduate student at the University of Missouri.

A double-decker Megabus carrying 81 passengers slammed into a concrete bridge support pillar along I-55 near Litchfield, Ill. on Aug. 2, authorities said at the time.

On Friday, attorney's for Jason Whitaker, 20, filed suit in Cook County Circuit Court against Megabus and driver Preston Taylor. The one-count suit claims neglect for failing to maintain and inspect the bus and its tires before the deadly crash.

Whitaker, who grew up in the Kenwood neighborhood on the South Side and studies mechanical engineering at the University of Missouri, suffered a concussion and injuries to his neck, back and wrist during the crash, according to a statement from his attorneys.

The crash claimed the life of Aditi R. Avhad, 25, who was a native of Mumbai, India and a graduate student studying health administration at the University of Missouri.

The suit filed Friday seeks an unspecified amount on money.

Attorney Daniel M. Kotin represents Whitaker and is also handling another lawsuit against Megabus. Kotin filed a suit on behalf of Donna Halstead, 76, who died after a Megabus struck her as it turned a corner near Chicago's Union Station last week.

A spokeswoman for Megabus declined to comment on Friday's suit.

Jamie Schultz, a DePaul University student, lives in the Lincoln Park neighborhood and was on her way to visit family in St. Louis when she was hurt in the crash, according to her attorney Michael Krzak.

Schultz, 19, was sitting on the bus when she was struck by the seat in front of her, then suffered severe emotional distress after seeing the woman in front of her killed, according to a suit filed Monday in Cook County Circuit Court.

Columbia College student Lewis Vaughn IV, a 24-year-old Detroit native, was also aboard at the time of the crash, his attorney Joseph Power said. The collision left him with two broken legs, fractures to his arm, hip and pelvis, and a crushed ankle and heel.

His lawsuit was filed Tuesday in Cook County Circuit Court, along with a separate suit filed by a Chicago family hurt while traveling on the bus with two small children.

Mary Jane Klein, her young sons Brandon and Nicholas Eckstein and relative Eleanor Klein were all on their way to visit relatives in St. Louis when they were hurt in the crash, said Power, who is also representing the family in their lawsuit against Megabus.

Nicholas was most seriously hurt, and is left with a broken shoulder, wrist, ankle and leg, Power said.

 

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