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Trucker's widow files lawsuit after I-55 crash in Channahon Township

Published: Thursday, July 31, 2014 8:41 p.m. CDT

CHICAGO – The widow of a trucker claims faulty brakes led to his fatal crash last week in the Des Plaines River Bridge construction zone on Interstate 55 near Channahon.

Attorneys for Neringa Mockus have filed suit against Direct Trucking Corporation and Mediterranean Shipping Company for the alleged wrongful death of Deividas Mockus, 41.

Deividas Mockus “was attempting to stop ... the brakes malfunctioned and failed to engage to properly stop [the] semitractor trailer, causing [it] to violently crash into the rear of another,” according to the lawsuit filed in Cook County.

About 2:30 p.m. July 21, Mockus was heading south on I-55 when the collision occurred just past the Route 6 overpass.

Mockus, of Darien, was taken to Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet, where he died in the emergency room at 4:29 p.m.

Deividas Mockus is survived by his wife, 10-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son.

The collision happened about 15 minutes after a crash between a semi and three cars in the northbound lanes in the construction zone three miles south. Four people were killed in that accident.

The lawsuit claims the shipping and trucking companies were negligent in maintaining and inspecting the trailer.

They are seeking damages in excess of $150,000.

Direct Trucking did not immediately return messages left Thursday asking for comment on the lawsuit.

State Police Trooper DeAnn Falat said Thursday both crashes remain under investigation.

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