$23.7 million awarded in truck crash case

| 3/30/2009

Jurors in Will County, IL – just outside Chicago – have awarded plaintiffs $23.7 million in compensation following a truck wreck five years ago in which two people were killed and another seriously injured.

The deaths occurred when a tractor-trailer driven by DeAnn Henry slammed into a line of cars on Interstate 55 near Plainfield.

Dennis Lynch, who assisted with the plaintiffs’ case, says the reason the truck rear-ended the cars at high speed still remains a matter of guesswork.

“The truck driver does not remember what happened. The last thing she really remembers is getting back onto the highway. She had been lost, so the reasonable explanation is that either she fell asleep or she blacked out in some way,” Lynch told Land Line Now on Sirius XM Radio.

Lynch says both Henry and her company, Toad L. Dragonfly, admitted liability.

The plaintiffs also successfully sued the logistics company C.H. Robinson, arguing that Henry was an agent of the company.

– By Reed Black, staff writer