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Judge dismisses lawsuit against Joliet mayor over car crash

Mayor Bob O'Dekirk speaks Monday, May 6, 2019, after being sworn in as Joliet's Mayor during a ceremony at Joliet City Hall in Joliet, Ill.
Mayor Bob O'Dekirk speaks Monday, May 6, 2019, after being sworn in as Joliet's Mayor during a ceremony at Joliet City Hall in Joliet, Ill.

A Joliet woman’s lawsuit against Joliet Mayor Bob O’Dekirk over a car crash was dismissed after both parties failed to appear for a case management conference, according to court records.

On Jan. 29, Falana Turner filed a lawsuit against O’Dekirk and the city of Joliet over a car crash that occurred Feb. 5.

Turner had sought more than $50,000 in damages.

O’Dekirk made an improper left turn and collided with Turner’s vehicle while driving his stepdaughter to school. He was behind the wheel of a city car he had driven to his home the night before.

O’Dekirk received court supervision and was fined $250 for the crash.

The lawsuit was scheduled for a case management conference on Monday.

Will County Judge John Anderson dismissed the case after neither party appeared for the conference, according to court records. A notice of the dismissal of the case was sent to Turner.

Turner’s attorney, Andrea Torgrimson, and O’Dekirk both failed to respond to calls Wednesday. Attempts to reach Turner were unsuccessful.

Turner’s lawsuit claimed O’Dekirk negligently and carelessly failed to keep a proper lookout ahead of his car “so as to be able to stop before striking” Turner’s vehicle.

The lawsuit also claimed that O’Dekirk was negligent and careless in several other ways in the incident, such as failing to reduce his speed to avoid a collision.

Turner’s lawsuit alleged that the city of Joliet is “vicariously liable” for O’Dekirk’s actions because of his relationship with the city.

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