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Family Receives $6.75 Million in Fatal Bus Accident Lawsuit

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Jarod Cassidy4 years ago

According to the Chicago Tribune, a Chicago family has been awarded $6.75 million in the settlement of a lawsuit filed against a charter bus company for the death of their daughter.

About the Chicago Bus Accident

  • Justyna Palka, 26, was killed after being run over by a tour bus as she walked home from work.
  • According to the plaintiff’s, surveillance images show Palka was walking in a crosswalk with a green light when she was struck and run over by a charter bus owned by Pontarelli Group Charter.
  • The driver, David Soto, claimed he did not see Palka in the crosswalk. 
  • Testing showed that Soto had cocaine in his system at the time of the accident.
  • Further investigation showed that Soto was also wanted in two child-sex cases, and had 20 traffic violations between 1988 and 2008.

Palka’s Family Receives $6.75 Million Settlement for the Bus Accident

  • The Palka family received $6.75 Million for the death of Justyna Palka.
  • The family attorneys plan to work with legislators to make it illegal for sex offenders to operate tour buses.
  • Palka’s family wishes to establish a scholarship in Justyna’s honor at School of the Art Institute in Chicago.
  • Pontarelli Group Charter will help fund the scholarship program until 2022.
  • Soto is currently awaiting trial for reckless homocide as well as trail for the two unrelated sexual child abuse abuse.
Contact an Experienced Bus Accident Attorney

Thomas J. Henry have handled a multitude of commercial vehicle accidents over the past two decades and continue to handle many of the largest 18-wheeler accident cases throughout the United States. Whether the company is small or large, our success is not an accident; it is because we understand how trucking companies operate. We represent clients/victims all over the country.

Thomas J. Henry are available to respond to truck and bus accidents at any hour, day or night. Our lawyers understand that the immediate acquisition, or acquiring, of evidence is paramount to understanding how the accident occurred. Remember, your choice does matter. Contact our offices – we are available 24/7, nights and weekends.


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