A teenager injured in a bike-on-car accident and his mother are suing the driver who allegedly struck the boy in an alley with his car.
Troy Dopke, a minor, and his mother Meleia Kasai filed a lawsuit July 17 in Cook County Circuit Court against Stefan Godlewski, alleging negligence.
According to the complaint, on July 29, 2013, Dopke, then 15, was riding his bicycle north in an alley bordered by Wilson Avenue, LeClaire Avenue, Milwaukee Avenue and Windsor Street in Chicago. The suit says Godlewski was leaving a parking space and entering the alley, at which point his vehicle struck Dopke, causing him to fly up and strike Godlewski's windshield with his face.
The suit says Godlewski was negligent for failing to ensure the alley was clear, keep a proper lookout and leave his parking spot without warning pedestrians and bicyclists about his presence. The plaintiff alleges suffered injuries, pain and suffering, disability and the incurring of medical expenses.
Dopke and Kasai seeks damages of more than $50,000, plus costs. They are represented by attorney Kevin T. Yen of Strom & Associates in Chicago.
Cook County Circuit Court case number 2015L007294.