The family of a man killed last month when a taxicab struck him as he walked on a Streeterville sidewalk filed a lawsuit today against the driver and the cab company.
The cab veered across several lanes of traffic on Illinois Street and struck Hector Placencia Sanchez, 57, of Rogers Park as he walked along the sidewalk near a parking garage at about 9 a.m.
Placencia Sanchez was pronounced dead at the scene. The cabdriver, Yao Ofori, 71, and a female passenger, 51, were taken toNorthwestern Memorial Hospital.
The suit was filed on behalf of Placencia Sanchez’s mother, three sisters and two brothers by attorney Lawrence T. Ruder of Goldberg Weisman Cairo.
The wrongful death lawsuit names the Wolley Cab Association, Checker Taxi and Ofori.
The family claims that Ofori and the taxi companies were negligent and failed to exercise care and caution that "a reasonable person under similar circumstances would have exercised."
Placencia Sanchez lived alone in an apartment in the 6700 block of North Sheridan Road, according to people at the building. He had been a dishwasher at Riva Cafe on Navy Pier since May. Co-workers said that, on the day of the accident, he was scheduled to start his Monday shift at 3 p.m.
Ofori, of the 4700 block of South Lake Park Avenue in Chicago, was ticketed for driving too fast for road conditions and striking a pedestrian, police said.
According to records, he has been issued nearly 30 traffic tickets in 22 years.