Oct. 13–The widow of a construction worker who was struck and killed by a truck while working in Elmhurst has agreed to a nearly $6 million payment from the companies involved in the death, attorneys said.
Lawyers for the worker’s widow alleged that construction companies on site failed to put required traffic barriers or drums in place to protect workers.
Daniel Green, 38, of Fontana, Wis., was an employee of Hecker and Co. when he was struck and killed by a semitractor-trailer at the corner of York Road and Lake Street on Sept. 12, 2011.
Green was doing electrical work about 4 feet from the intersection when a truck tried to make a sharp right turn from York onto Lake. Green had his back to the intersection when he was struck, attorney Tim Cavanagh said.
“This was a foreseeable and preventable accident,” Cavanagh, who represented Green’s widow, said in a phone interview. “They put Dan Green out there with no protection whatsoever.”
Attorneys filed a wrongful death suit in 2011 against the trucking company, Adans Trucking Inc., of Chicago, and its driver, Martin Montelongo, as well as against the general contractor for the construction site, Martam Construction Inc., of Elgin and other subcontractors and employees.
An employee on site admitted that most of the trucks turning at that corner drove over the curb, and photos of the area showed old tire tracks there, yet the defendants let Green work close to the road with no traffic protection, Cavanagh said.
Green was conscious for a few minutes after being hit but died of massive traumatic injuries at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital, attorneys said. He is survived by his wife, Mary Kriete-Green.
The defendants did not immediately respond or could not be reached for comment.
Green’s employer, Hecker and Co., an electrical contractor of Wheeling, contributed $400,000 as part of the settlement, attorneys said.
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