Bethany Krajelis Mar. 2, 2015, 11:07am

A woman who fell out a trolley during a pub crawl in downtown Chicago is suing the driver and company.

Carly Kenny filed suit Feb. 17 in the Cook County Circuit Court against Robert A. Hoffman and TRT Transportation Inc., doing business as The Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Co.

According to the complaint, TRT operates trolleys for groups to travel around the city in a "mobile party lounge" during pub crawls and did so for a group Kenny was with on July 19, 2014.

Kenny claims that she lost her balance and fell out of the trolley when Hoffman, an employee of TRT who was driving the trolley, made a fast, hard right turn on Michigan Avenue from South Water Street.

She claims the defendants permitted and encouraged passengers to consume alcohol while in the trolley, which she asserts had inadequate means of protecting passengers from falling out of the side because it didn't have protected sides.

In addition, Kenny alleges Hoffman turned the trolley at a fast speed and the defendants negligently allowed passengers to sit near open window ledges and failed to provide rules and warnings as to where they should sit or stand.

Shawn S. Kasserman and Patrick J. Giese of Tomasik Kotin Kasserman LLC in Chicago.

This is a report on a civil lawsuit filed in Cook County Circuit Court. The details in this report come from an original complaint filed by a plaintiff. Please note that a complaint represents an accusation by a private individual, not the government. It is not an indication of guilt and represents only one side of the story.

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