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Chicago Woman Crushed by Truck Files Lawsuit against UPS

Chicago-area woman, who was struck and crushed by a UPS truck for 30 minutes until firefighters freed her, filed a negligence lawsuit against United Parcel Service.

Erin Hinner, 30, of Evanston, IL, was crossing Ashland Avenue in the crosswalk at Central Street on Dec. 22, 2014, when she was hit by the UPS truck. The UPS truck rolled over her and pinned her body under its axle. Hinner, a new mother, was rushed to the hospital in critical condition and was put in a drug-induced coma to help save her life.

“Erin suffered life threatening injuries as a result of the severe crushing her body suffered under the full weight of the UPS truck,” said her attorney Michael K. Demetrio of Corboy & Demetrio. “In addition, she missed her son’s first Christmas and other milestones mothers dream about experiencing with their children,” Demetrio added.

Corboy & Demetrio obtained an Emergency Order of Protection requiring UPS to preserve and protect evidence in the case. The order was granted by Cook County Circuit Judge James N. O’Hara and requires UPS to preserve all the cell phone records of the truck’s driver, as well as all data recording devices and/or systems for both the truck and
its driver at the time of the crash and the 24 hours prior.

The lawsuit also names UPS driver Gabriel Garcia as a defendant, alleging he was negligent, in part, by failing to stop and yield to a pedestrian within the right-of-way. Garcia allegedly told police he wasn’t even aware he ran over the victim until he heard her screaming under the truck.

The Case is Erin L. Hinner v. United Parcel Service, Inc. and Gabriel Garcia, Cook County Circuit Court, #2015L411.

Corboy & Demetrio is one of the nation’s premier law firms. The personal injury law firm represents individuals and their families in serious personal injury and wrongful death cases and is renowned for its achievements in the courtroom and for its contributions to the community.

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