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Student who lost leg in crash settles suit with city for $5 million

Updated: June 9, 2014 6:04PM

A college student who lost part of his leg after a car crashed because of black ice — allegedly caused by a water main leak — will receive a $5 million settlement from the City of Chicago, his attorneys said Monday.

Edwin Hill was waiting at a bus stop at Indiana Avenue and 95th Street on Nov. 20, 2008, when a Ford Mustang spun out on a patch of black ice and pinned him against a city light pole, according to a statement from the Corboy & Demetrio law firm, which represented Hill.

The Chicago State University computer science student was heading to night classes at the time. His right leg had to be amputated above the knee because of the crash, his attorneys said.

The negligence lawsuit against the city claimed the ice came from a water main leak on 95th that had existed for months, but the city failed to repair in a timely manner.

Two business owners were ready to testify that the city received previous complaints about the leak, Hill’s attorneys said. The city denied it had written complaints about the leak.

City officials could not immediately be reached for comment on the settlement Monday afternoon.

The $5 million settlement against the City of Chicago will help pay for Hill’s prosthetic care, attorney Philip Corboy said in the statement.

Hill’s attorneys also reached a $20,000 settlement with the insurance company for the woman driving the Mustang, who was also named as a defendant, a spokeswoman for the law firm said.

“Edwin was a curious and meticulous college student when his life changed irrevocably in November 2008,” Corboy said in the statement.

“However his infectious spirit has never been lost and while he’ll need to face great challenges in the future, I’m confident he’ll be able to live a productive life,” he said.


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