The family of a Missouri Southern State University student who was killed in a multivehicle crash in Illinois has settled a lawsuit with the driver of the tractor trailer who caused the accident and trucking company he worked for, according to the Madison-St. Clair Record.
Vivian Vu, a 19-year-old international studies sophomore, was traveling home from a Model United Nations Conference in Chicago Nov. 21, 2017, with five other students and the faculty sponsor when a 2016 Casadia Freightliner semitrailer truck driven by Mohamed Yussuf Jama stuck seven vehicles in a construction zone on Interstate 55 near Hamel, Illinois. Jama was allegedly driving at a speed greater than considered reasonable in a construction zone and may have been using a cell phone or other electronic device at the time of the crash.
Vu was airlifted to a St. Louis hospital and died Nov. 23, 2017, from her injuries. Three others were killed in the crash – sisters ages 17 and 20 and another passenger in their vehicle. Twelve people suffered injuries.
Vu’s family filed a wrongful death lawsuit in Madison County Circuit Court in Illinois naming Jama, his employer FAF Inc., and Keller Construction, the general contractor performing repairs and construction on an asphalt crossover on the interstate.
The lawsuit blamed Jama for being negligent and careless in the construction zone, FAF for not exercising “ordinary care” in screening Jama before hiring him, and Keller Construction for not installing proper electronic monitoring in or around the construction zone or warning traffic to stop or slow downs withing in the construction zone.
The family’s case against Keller Construction remains pending.
Madison-St. Clair Record