Dead Accident Victim to Be Sued For Flying Body Parts
Court allows woman to sue estate of Chicago teen killed by train
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 30, 2011 12:16 AM CST
Updated Dec 30, 2011 1:44 AM CST
If you run out in front of a train, you're responsible for where your body parts end up, the woman's lawyer says.   (AP Photo/Jerry S. Mendoza)

(Newser) – An appeals court in Illinois has decided that a dead Chicago teen can be sued for injuries caused by his own flying body parts. The 18-year-old almost-passenger ran in front of a train in an attempt to catch another train and was hit by an Amtrak going 70mph. A big chunk of his body was thrown onto a platform 100 feet away where it knocked down a 58-year-old woman, breaking her leg and wrist. The court decided that the teen's death was "reasonably foreseeable" and allowed the woman to sue his estate, the Chicago Tribune reports.

The woman's lawyer says that while details of the case are "very peculiar and gory and creepy," it is a clear case of negligence. "If you do something as stupid as this guy did, you have to be responsible for what comes from it," she says.

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Apr 24, 2012 5:57 PM CDT
I agree with most on here. What is there left to sue? He was 18 & It was an accident. As an adult, do they think they can sue the parents?
Jan 16, 2012 8:18 PM CST
this is disgusting. he is 18...what estate? steal his college fund? or worse go after his already destroyed parents...very christian and VERY republican
Jan 16, 2012 4:37 PM CST
She's not greedy for expecting her likely considerable medical bills to be paid. A broken leg and wrist will cost thousands and if she doesn't have health insurance this could be a major hardship. It's horrible that her family should have to deal with that, but I don't think leaving her with the expenses is fair. If she were suing for millions then I would say she is just an opportunist, but medical bills seem reasonable to me.