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Winters Salzetta O'Brien & Richardson, LLC Secures Wrongful Death Settlement Against CTA

Distracted Chicago Bus Driver Caused Death of 19-Month-Old

Chicago - April 30, 2018

The Chicago Transit Authority agreed on April 18 to compensate the family of Cherish Myers in the amount of $1.5 million as a result of the negligent operation of a CTA bus that led to the tragic death of 19-month-old Cherish on Memorial Day, May 26, 2014.

Cherish was struck by the CTA No. 6 Jackson Park Express bus as she exited a driveway on the 7700 block of South Shore Drive. The CTA bus was traveling in a northbound direction along South Shore Drive with the bus operator testifying that it was a clear day and that she had an unobstructed view for one block away while she was scanning the area from sidewalk to sidewalk. Despite that testimony, the bus operator did no braking until .06 seconds prior to striking Cherish and did not do full-service braking, which would have stopped the bus at approximately 31 feet as opposed to the 60 plus feet it took the bus operator to bring the bus to a stop. In the five seconds prior to impact, a passenger crossed the yellow line and was paying her fair alongside the bus operator, causing the bus operator to be distracted.

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