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$8 million awarded family of woman killed by a truck on I-294

A jury awarded $8 million Friday to the family of a south suburban woman who was fatally struck by a truck while checking a flat tire on I-294 three years ago, the family attorneys announced.

Stacey McHale pulled her vehicle onto the shoulder of I-294 to check a flat tire and was standing on the shoulder of the expressway when a semi-truck struck her on Feb. 15, 2010, according to a lawsuit filed in Cook County Circuit Court by her estate.

McHale, 36, of Homewood, was a wife and mother of a 12-year-old daughter and 16-year-old son, according to the attorneys. She was also the coach of her daughter’s soccer team and drove her son to his hockey games and practices.

The suit was filed against Transfreight, LLC; Kiswani Trucking, and Russell A. Kleppe, the driver of the truck.

A Kiswani spokesman said he did not have a comment about the lawsuit. Transfreight was unavailable for comment.

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