Chicago Wrongful Death Lawsuit – Man Sued Over Lake Wheelchair Death
May 17, 2011
A Chicago wrongful death lawsuit was filed Monday against James Lacy, who was pushing a wheelchair that fell into Lake Michigan outside a Downtown yacht club this month, resulting in the death of 61-year-old amputee Sarah Goenne.
Lacy negligently pushed a wheelchair containing Goenne, causing the woman to fall into Lake Michigan April 8 as she left the Columbia Yacht Club, according to a suit filed in Cook County Circuit Court.
Goenne, 61, of 21 W. Chestnut Ave., was pronounced dead at 12:21 p.m. April 14 at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. An autopsy determined she died of sepsis and broncho-pneumonia from the near drowning. A secondary cause of death was spina bifida and right leg amputation from an auto accident.
Goenne was hospitalized after she and a 59-year-old man — identified in the lawsuit as Lacy — were rescued after falling into Lake Michigan at DuSable Harbor.