Mother suing alleged DUI driver in fatal Christmas Eve crash
SUN-TIMES MEDIA WIRE May 31, 2012 11:38AM
Updated: June 1, 2012 7:27PM
The mother of a man struck and killed Christmas Eve in the Bucktown neighborhood filed a $1 million lawsuit Wednesday against the motorist who allegedly drove intoxicated and hit him.
Maria Lituma filed the wrongful death lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court against Wauconda resident Christine J. Ahn.
Her son, Enrique Lituma, was struck and killed while kneeling in the street about 3:30 a.m. Dec. 24, 2011, near North and Milwaukee Avenues, officials said.
One vehicle avoided the pedestrian but a second motorist didn’t see the kneeling man and struck him, police said at the time.
Ahn, 29, was initially ticketed for striking a pedestrian but was later charged with one felony count of aggravated DUI and two misdemeanor counts of DUI following the crash, police News Affairs said. Ahn is scheduled to be formally indicted June 13.
Lituma, of the 1400 block of West Augusta Boulevard, was pronounced dead about an hour after the crash at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office said. An autopsy confirmed he died from multiple injuries from being struck by a vehicle and ruled his death a suicide.
The suit claims Ahn drove recklessly and had been drinking prior to the crash.
The three-count suit claims negligence, wrongful death, survival action and family expense. It seeks at least $1 million in damages, plus an unspecified amount in compensation to Lituma’s estate and surviving family members.
Judge Donald Panarese Jr. set Ahn’s bond at $25,000 during a May 2 hearing, Cook County State’s Attorney’s office spokeswoman Lisa Gordon said.