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Three defendants named in train death suit

Updated: December 7, 2012 6:08AM



CHICAGO — The parents of a woman struck and killed by a freight train in Deerfield in 2010 have filed a wrongful-death lawsuit.

Lauren Marie LeVert, 29, of Lake Forest, was killed in October 2010 at the Deerfield train station when she became confused by the circumstances surrounding her and stepped or fell off the platform into the path of an oncoming freight train and was killed instantly, according to the suit filed in Cook County Circuit Court.

At the time, Levert’s death was called an accident by the Lake County Coroner’s Office.

The suit claims at the time of her death, LeVert was under the influence of medications prescribed by employees of Rush University Medical Center in Chicago that caused her to be disoriented from time to time.

Defendants named are the Canadian Pacific Railway Co., Northeast Illinois Regional Commuter Railroad Corp., and Rush University Medical Center.

The lawsuit claims gross negligence by Canadian Pacific and Metra in allowing dangerous conditions at the Deerfield station and gross negligence of personnel at Rush for incorrectly prescribing the drugs.

The suit seeks an unspecified amount in damages.



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