Car accidents are pretty common nowadays, especially with the rise of texting while driving and other distractions that seem to plague drivers. Unfortunately, sometimes these car accidents have devastating results and claim the lives of drivers and passengers in the blink of an eye. Sometimes when such tragedies occur, wrongful death lawsuits are filed. This is exactly what happened as a result of a 2016 car accident that happened along “Joliet’s stretch of Black Road near the bridge traveling over Interstate 55” in 2016. Earlier this month, a wrongful death lawsuit was filed at the Will County Courthouse in connection with the accident that claimed one of the passenger’s life, Joylene Bournas.
According to the lawsuit, the accident occurred around 12:30 p.m. on September 11, 2016. In one of the vehicles involved in the accident was Ewa Cebula and Bournas. Cebule had previously been entrusted with the care of Bournas, who was elderly. The afternoon of the accident, “Cebula was driving a black 2013 Chrysler Town & Country minivan west on Black Road, toward Shorewood, approaching the intersection of Northwest Frontage Road.”
According to Rathbun, Cservenyak & Kozol, a Joliet law firm representing the plaintiff in the case, “Joylene was a restrained passenger who was traveling in the minivan that Cebula was operating.”
The driver of the other vehicle, Anthony Rojas, was driving his 1999 Mitsubishi Eclipse heading eastbound on Black Road. He was “coming over the bridge above I-55 and approaching the intersection of NW Frontage Road,” according to the suit. A few moments later, the accident occurred.
The suit argues that Cebula “failed to obey visible traffic control devices, a traffic light with a solid red signal controlling her direction of travel.”
Tragically, Bournas ended up passing away on April 24, 2017, from injuries sustained during the accident. The suit states:
“Joylene left surviving as her only rightful heir, Jean Dahlben, her daughter, who was dependent upon plaintiff’s decedent…for her support and as a proximate result of the careless and negligent acts…of Cebula, has suffered injuries in her means of support and other direct pecuniary damages caused by the death of her mother including the loss of society, companionship, felicity guidance and instruction as a result of the wrongful death of plaintiff’s decedent.”
As a result, the suit is seeking more than $50,000 and judgment against the defendants. Both drivers are listed as defendants in the case.