Doug / 06-15-2011 / Auto Accidents

Toddler Injured After Drunk City Worker Drives Car Into Pedestrians

According to the Chicago Tribune, Hugh Jones has filed a lawsuit against the city of Chicago after his toddler daughter was injured due to an auto accident, when a drunk city worker drove into a crowd of pedestrians. The toddler’s father filed a lawsuit against the city after the accident left his daughter Taylor injured as well as the girl’s caretaker Jennifer Anton.

Jones said that Anton was struck by the vehicle but managed to tell someone on the scene to check her phone and call Tyler’s mother. Dwight Washington, the Chicago Streets and Sanitation worker had a blood-alcohol level of 0.183 percent. Police found a half-empty bottle of E&J Brandy in the truck after the accident. Washington was charged with aggravated driving under the influence, causing bodily harm and misdemeanor DUI. The police also ticketed Washington for transporting and carrying alcohol, failure to reduce speed and negligent driving.

The personal injury lawsuit says that Anton was pushing the toddler in a stroller when the truck hit them near the corner of Rush and Cedar Streets. Anton suffered a broken pelvis and several fractures to her leg, the girl escape with minor injuries because Anton had pushed the stroller out of the way before being struck. The truck driven by Washington accelerated over a curb and crashed into a crowd.

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