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Husband of Indiana woman killed in Crete ATV crash suing her father

A man whose wife died in an all-terrain vehicle crash nearly a year ago near Crete filed a wrongful death lawsuit Tuesday against her father, who owned the vehicle, and another man who was driving it when it flipped.

Lauren A. Bussie, 23, of LaPorte, Ind., was a passenger on an ATV that overturned in the 2900 block of Water Tower Drive in Crete Township on Sept. 5, 2011, according to the Will County Coroner’s office.

Bussie, mother of a young son, was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead on the scene at 8:43 a.m., according to the coroner’s office and the lawsuit.

Her husband, Joel R. Bussie, claims the crash happened on his father-in-law’s property, and that he owned the ATV that crashed, according to the suit filed in Cook County Circuit Court.

The man driving, also a guest at the home, was not properly trained to operate the ATV and never should have been allowed to drive it, the suit claims.

An autopsy determined she died of multiple injuries from the ATV mishap, according to the coroner’s office, which said the manner of death is pending police, autopsy and toxicological reports.

The two-count suit claims negligence and wrongful death against both the woman’s father and the family friend. It seeks at least $200,000 in damages.



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