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Lawsuit filed in crash that killed Homer Glen teen

Updated: January 17, 2013 6:39AM



The family of a 16-year-old boy killed in a car crash in September has filed a lawsuit against the teenager who was driving the car.

Jay Vana, who was a student at Lockport East High School, had gone to McDonald’s with a friend the night of Sept. 25 and was riding home when the accident happened, less than a mile from home.

Will County sheriff’s police were called at 8:38 p.m. that night to Lauffer and Haas roads in Homer Glen. They found a 16-year-old boy from Lockport there yelling for help.

Police said Vana was found partially underneath a pickup that had left the road and rolled over. Vana, who had been a passenger, was thrown from the vehicle.

The initial investigation suggested the driver attempted to turn south onto Haas Road. The driver told police a deer came out of the field and he lost control when he swerved to avoid it.

Vana was taken to Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox where he was pronounced dead.

A spokesman for the state’s attorney’s office said the case is under review.

The lawyer for the Vana family declined to comment on the lawsuit.

The case is scheduled for an initial court date of April 3.



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