Lawsuit accuses owner of SUV for leaving his car running, allowing it to be stolen, crashed, killing woman

By Carrie Bradon | Apr 4, 2019

CHICAGO — A woman is seeking damages following the death of her daughter who was killed in a car accident.

Katherine Roach, as special administrator of the estate of Jada Woodard, filed a complaint on March 18 in Cook County Circuit Court against Sander Y. Castro, Max Barnes and Tequia Bellanger.

According to the complaint,Woodard died after a 2013 Dodge Durango was stolen from a gas station and crashed into a building in the 200 block of North Washtenaw in March 2017. According to the complaint, Woodard was a passenger in the rear of the SUV when it crashed.

According to a report published by the Chicago Sun-Times, Woodard was 20 years old at the time of the crash.

The complaint asserts Barnes and Bellanger may have driven the vehicle before it crashed. 

Castor is named as a defendant because, the lawsuit alleges, as the owner of the vehicle, he should not have allowed his vehicle to be stolen when he went into the gas station store and left the vehicle running. 

The plaintiff is seeking damages, plus attorney fees and court costs. The plaintiff is represented by Kenneth Anspach in Chicago.

Cook County Circuit Court Case No. 2019-L-002920

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