Man sues over injuries in bus crash

By Dan Harkins | Jun 5, 2015


A passenger on a city bus is suing over injuries he allegedly suffered when the bus crashed with another vehicle.

George Mingo filed a complaint May 12 in Cook County Circuit Court against the Chicago Transit Authority, Terri Robinson, Swanel Beverage Inc. and David Bolinger.

At 12:35 p.m. on May 16, 2014, Robinson was driving a CTA bus north on Cottage Grove at 79th Street, Chicago. Mingo was aboard the bus, the lawsuit states.

Defendant Bolinger was driving a commercial truck owned by Swanel in the same place at the same time, the lawsuit states, and ultimately "attempted to make a right turn in front of the CTA bus," at which point he struck the bus.

Bolinger, along with the truck's owner, Swanel, are cited with negligently operating a motor vehicle; improperly making a right turn from the left lane; negligently failing to give a warning signal; failing to stop when danger was imminent; recklessly driving; and improper lane usage. Robinson (and CTA) are cited with operating a motor vehicle negligently; failing to give a warning signal to Mingo; failing to stop when danger was imminent; and reckless driving.

As a result, the lawsuit states, Mingo suffered injuries, pain and suffering, medical expenses, and loss of a normal life and earning capacity.

The plaintiff seeks damages in excess of $100,000, plus costs. The plaintiff is represented by attorney Charles J. Gale in Chicago.

Cook County Circuit Court case no. illegible.

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