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Widow of man killed in wrong-way crash sues driver

Updated: June 4, 2013 6:41AM



The widow of a man killed in a March crash in Palos Township filed a wrongful death lawsuit Thursday against the allegedly drunk wrong-way driver and the company that employed him.

Tina Anagnopoulos is suing Action Caulking and Sealants, Inc., and employee Nicholas Puccinelli, claiming they are responsible for her husband John Anagnopoulos’ death.

Anagnopoulos, 65, of the 15400 block of Sunset Ridge Drive in Orland Park, died at Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn shortly after the crash, which happened just after 3 a.m. March 12 in the 10500 block of LaGrange Road in Palos Township, according to Cook County sheriff’s police.

Anagnopoulos was driving a 2002 Nissan Sentra in the northbound lanes when his car was hit by a 2002 GMC Denali driven by Puccinelli, 19, police said. Puccinelli was driving south in the northbound lanes when the crash happened, police said.

Puccinelli, of Burr Ridge, initially was taken to Christ Medical Center, police said. He was charged March 13 with aggravated DUI and allegedly had a blood-alcohol level three times the legal limit.

A day later, Judge Carmen Aguilar ordered Puccinelli held on $250,000 bail, Cook County State’s Attorney’s office spokeswoman Tandra Simonton said.

Eleni Sweis, of Oak Forest, said her father was driving to his job as a short order cook at the 47th Street Grill in Lyons when the accident took place. He had worked as a cook since coming from his native Greece in 1965.

The five-count lawsuit claims wrongful death and survival and seeks an unspecified amount in damages.

A representative for Action Caulking and Sealants, Inc., could not be reached for comment Thursday night.

Sun-Times Media Wire



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