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He apparently didn’t notice when he stepped in front of a Metra train which sent parts of his body flying in different directions, one of which hit Gayane Zokhrabov breaking her leg. This led her to sue the aforementioned young man, now referred to in the plural sense, for damages. I guess he should have kept his head and wits about him because the Illinois Court of Appeals has overturned a lower court and says that he owes her damages. I guess he should have slowed down and gave her a hand because in the end it is costing him an arm and a leg. I know, really, really bad, but I just couldn’t resist.
Here’s the story:
Calling it a “tragically bizarre” case, an Illinois appeals court has ruled that a man killed by a train while crossing the tracks at a Chicago Metra station canbe held responsible after part of his body struck and injured a bystander.
In 2008, Hiroyuki Joho, 18, was hurrying in the pouring rain with an umbrella over his head, trying to catch a Metra train, when he was struck by an Amtrak train traveling at more than 70 mph. Several witnesses said he was smiling as the train hit him.
A large portion of his body flew about 100 feet onto the southbound platform, where it struck Gayane Zokhrabov, then 58. She was knocked to the ground, her leg and wrist broken and her shoulder injured.
A Cook County judge dismissed Zokhrabov’s lawsuit against Joho’s estate, finding that Joho could not have anticipated Zokhrabov’s injuries.
But the appellate court disagreed. After noting that the case law involving “flying bodies” is sparse, it ruled that “it was reasonably foreseeable” that the high-speed train would kill Joho and fling his body toward a platform where people were waiting.
Leslie Rosen, who handled Zokhrabov’s appeal, said although the circumstances were “very peculiar and gory and creepy,” it was a straightforward negligence case, no different than if a train passenger had been injured after the engineer hit the brakes.
“If you do something as stupid as this guy did, you have to be responsible for what comes from it,” she said.”
Thanks to Steve Schmadeke, Chicago Tribune.