"Stroller mom" sues CTA for $100,000

A Rogers Park woman is suing the CTA for $100,000 in damages for the stroller incident at the Morse Red Line station last November. In that incident, she claims the stroller in which her 22-month-old daughter was seated was trapped in closing rail car doors, dragged to the edge of the platform, finally depositing her daughter in the raid bed.

The Trib reports:

The lawsuit says that the driver failed to stop the train and that the
CTA failed to have a system in place that would prohibit the train from
moving if a passenger was stuck in the doorway.

A comment at the time from CTA President Richard Rodriguez may come back to bite him: he called Ebere Ozonwu-Shokunbi's description of the incident "a plausible story."

But union officials questioned her account, pointing out that door sensors should have prevented the train from moving if the doors weren't fully closed.

Rodriguez said in November 2009 that the doors of the car appeared to
be operating properly and that the investigation had turned to the
train operator.

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  • I wonder where you got the $100,000, since the Chicago Breaking News says "unspecified amount of damages," and Sec. 2-604 of the Code of Civil Procedure says "In actions for injury to the person, any complaint filed which contains an ad damnum, except to the minimum extent necessary to comply with the circuit rules of assignment where the claim is filed, shall, on motion of a defendant or on the court's own motion, be dismissed without prejudice."

    Of course, the CTA hadn't received a copy of the complaint yet. So, unless the Chicago Bar-Tender has been resurrected, or you went down to the courthouse, your headline is not supported.

  • In reply to jack:

    Sorry, you're right Jack, it's not in the Trib story. I got it from here:

    http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local&id=7726496

  • In reply to KevinO’Neil:

    Hence, she must be afraid that it might be assigned to Municipal District 2, but the ABC article says "more than 100,000." No dollar sign either, I guess.

  • In reply to KevinO’Neil:

    This probably wouldn't have happened if they still had conductors, which cta got rid of on Nov. 11,1997. BTW, wasn't there a certain so-called comunnity organizer in Chicago at that time? where was he?

  • In reply to ibilldavis:

    Great point. This was clearly Obama's fault.

  • In reply to ibilldavis:

    I thought he was organizing Altgeld Gardens, which, if we believe the stuff about the Red Line extension, doesn't have rapid transit service.

  • In reply to ibilldavis:

    Would people's willingness to do something stupid like stuff your stroller w/ kid in it through doors that were closing be impacted if they knew they would only get a fixed amount of money per incident? Forget about 100K or 1M in settlement at the civil level - just a flat amount if warranted. If CTA or a passenger acted negligently, take the case to criminal courts with the people responsible for the incident and their managers (if CTA) on trial if the state/city decided to prosecute. I have no issues paying for a criminal trial but find it difficult to take a civil lawsuit because of someone's stupidity on a transit system where there has to be some implied level of behavior while using transit.

  • In reply to ibilldavis:

    @ibilldavis - you can't seriously be bringing up conductors again! If we still had them the workforce would be so much larger, meaning much larger budgets, probably meaning much higher fares and much greater service cuts.

  • In reply to KevinO’Neil:

    Believe or not I am no longer obsessed with it. Not ever since we put an anti-American in the White House.

  • In reply to KevinO’Neil:

    In eight short weeks I have seen all sorts of insanely desperate boarding behavior at the UIC-Halsted stop. The way things are going, I fully expect to see someone get decapitated before the school year is over. I've never waited more than seven minutes for a train. Really people, is it worth death and dismemberment to save seven minutes?

  • In reply to KevinO’Neil:

    Lets hear it for the ghetto lottery! Seriously, this story has been debunked already. This suit should be dismissed and the attorney should be sanctioned. Of course what will really happen is the CTA will give her $10,000 to go away.

  • Doesn't matter. Contributory negligence isn't a bar to claims anymore. She might be comparatively negligent, however, it would appear that the operator shut the doors without visually confirming that they were closed (assuming, as is implied, that sensors would prevent him from moving if there was an obstruction). A stroller sticking out of the train held by a frantic mom would be extremely obvious.

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