Wrongful death suit filed by family of woman killed by train
The parents of a woman struck and killed by a freight train in north suburban Deerfield in 2010 filed wrongful death lawsuit Monday.
Lauren Marie LeVert, 29, of Lake Forest, was killed in October 2010 at the Deerfield train station when she became confused by the circumstances surrounding her and stepped or fell off the platform into the path of an oncoming freight train and was killed instantly, according to the suit.
At the time, Levert’s death was called an accident by the Lake County Coroner’s office.
The suit claims at the time of her death, LeVert was under the influence of medications prescribed by employees of Rush University Medical Center that caused her to be disoriented from time to time.
The three defendants named in the case are the Canadian Pacific Railway Company, Northeast Illinois Regional Commuter Railroad Corporation and Rush University Medical Center.
The two-count lawsuit, filed Monday in Cook County Circuit Court, claims gross negligence by Canadian Pacific and Metra in allowing the dangerous conditions at the Deerfield station and gross negligence of personnel at Rush University Medical Center for incorrectly prescribing the drugs.
The suit seeks an unspecified amount in damages.
Canadian Pacific Railway Company did not have a comment as of Monday evening. Metra and Rush University Medical Center could not be reached for comment.
Contact: Atty. Robert C. Keck, Jr., (312) 201-1200