Widow of truck driver killed in I-55 crash files suit
By Luke Wilusz Sun-Times Media Wire July 25, 2014 7:44PM
Updated: August 28, 2014 6:50AM
The widow of a semi truck driver killed in a crash on Interstate 55 near Channahon on Monday afternoon has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against his employer and the company that supplied the trailer of the truck he was driving.
Neringa Mockus filed the suit in Cook County Circuit Court on Friday against Mediterranean Shipping Co. and Direct Trucking Corp. on behalf of her late husband, Deividas Mockus.
Deividas Mockus was an independent owner and operator of a semi truck who had been hired by Direct Trucking to transport a container and trailer owned by Mediterranean, according to the suit.
He was killed in a rear-end collision involving two semis in the southbound lanes of I-55 near U.S. 6 shortly before 2:30 p.m., authorities said.
According to the laawsuit, Mockus attempted to stop the semi before the crash when the trailer’s brakes malfunctioned and the truck collided with another vehicle.
Mockus, 41, of Darien, was taken to Presence St. Joseph Health in Joliet, where he was pronounced dead at 4:29 p.m., the Will County coroner’s office said.
He is survived by his wife, Neringa, as well as his 10-year-old daughter, Emilija, and his 5-year-old son, Simas, according to the lawsuit.
The other driver suffered minor injuries, according to Illinois State Police.
The crash occurred about 16 minutes after another crash on I-55 near Arsenal Road left four people dead and four others injured, state police said.
The lawsuit claims that both Mediterranean and Direct Trucking negligently failed to inspect the trailer and make sure it was in safe, working condition before Mockus was hired to transport it.
The three-count suit is seeking a total of more than $150,000 in damages, in addition to legal fees.
Representatives for Mediterranean or Direct Trucking could not immediately be reached for comment on the lawsuit Friday evening.