A Chicago man who was run over in front of a 7-Eleven store where he lost his legs, reached a $91 million dollar agreement with the convenience store chain.
In information released by the Chicago Sun Times, the man is said to have been waiting for a ride in front of a 7-Eleven store in Bensenville on September 20, 2017, when suddenly a motorist who was parking in front of the store stepped on the accelerator of his car instead of the brake and ran over him.
The 57-year-old man is a suburban Chicago resident and his life changed drastically after the car careened into him in a parking space and crushed him against the 7-Eleven building.
A Cook County judge approved the settlement the day the man’s suit was set for a jury trial, said James Power, an attorney for the plaintiff.
The legal representative of the affected person tells that in the accident the driver crossed a sidewalk and crushed his client against the store’s façade, causing injuries and the amputation of both legs above the knees.
After the accident, the man was hospitalized for a month and now walks using prosthetic legsPower said, “he’s been through a lot of pain.”
According to the lawyer’s arguments, the accident could have been avoided if 7-Eleven had installed bollardswhich are wide posts anchored to the ground, between stores and parking lots.
“It is important to note that this unfortunate accident was caused by a reckless driver who pleaded guiltyand this store followed all local building codes and ordinances,” a 7-Eleven spokesperson said.
The company said it was “heartbroken by this tragedy” and that its thoughts were with the man and his family.
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