Arlington Park Race Course, others hit with suit over alleged stampede of patrons

By Ben Hart | May 16, 2014

A woman is suing Arlington Park Race Course, alleging she was injured in a stampede of patrons.

Theresa Diverde filed a lawsuit May 12 in the Cook County Circuit Court against Arlington Park Race Course LLC, Arlington International and Arlington Park Race Course Churchill Downs Inc., citing negligence.

Diverde claims she suffered injuries on May 13, 2012 while a patron at the defendant's horse racing facility at 2200 W. Euclid Ave. in Arlington Heights. According to the brief, the defendants failed to monitor the movement of crowds and maintain security pressure to prevent the stampede of patrons, causing Diverde to fall to the ground.

Diverde is seeking damages in excess of $30,000 and court costs. She is being represented in the case by Chicago attorney James M. Geraghty of Law Offices of James M. Geraghty.

Cook County Circuit Court Case No. 2014L005132.

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

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