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
Dead Accident Victim to Be Sued Over Flying Body Parts
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.

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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. (Read more lawsuit stories.)

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