Posted On: May 30, 2011

Crete-Monee Boys Basketball Coach Charged with Sexual Abuse

A Crete-Monee High School boys basketball coach has been charged with the sexual abuse of a minor. The coach, Matthew Ryndak, reportedly turned himself into police last Wednesday on charges of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. According to the Will County State’s Attorneys Office, Ryndak now faces eight counts of the sexual abuse charges for allegedly inappropriately touching a high school boy in September, October, November and December of 2010. He was released from prison after posting a $10,000 bond. A police statement has indicated that none of the acts of sexual abuse occurred at the school itself. Aggravated criminal sexual abuse is a Class 2 felony with a possible sentence of three to seven years in prison.

According to reports, Ryndak has worked at the Crete-Monee High School since 2009. He led the boys basketball team to 25-4 record last year in his first year as head coach of the team. Ryndak was an assistant coach the previous season. He was placed on administrative leave in early May as the matter was being investigated by the Crete Police Department and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.

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Posted On: May 26, 2011

Klest Law Firm Achieves Record 28 Million Dollar Verdict in Childhood Sexual Abuse Case

The Klest Law Firm set a milestone victory for sexual abuse victims this week when they received a 28 million dollar verdict in the matter of Snyder v. Kenny. The verdict represents the largest civil sexual abuse verdict in Illinois history and is among the largest in the country. The jury verdict was returned on Tuesday afternoon at the Daley Center after about two hours of deliberation. The jury awarded Snyder seven million in compensatory damages and 21 million in punitive damages. Punitive damages are intended to punish a wrongdoer and also deter others from similar conduct.

It was a very emotional scene as Larry Snyder took the stand and chronicled over four years of graphic and disturbing sexual abuse. He testified that he was molested at least three times a week over the course of four years. He eventually dropped out of high school and came to live with the sexual abuser for almost a year. His life continued to spiral downwards as he became addicted to heroin. The verdict is a testament to the strength of Larry Snyder and the jury’s desire to expose and punish the man that tormented him as a child. The verdict also sends a message to the broader community that childhood sexual abuse will not be tolerated.

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Posted On: May 21, 2011

Southside Chicago Chemical Production Company Facing Large Fines Following Workplace Injury

A November 18th workplace injury has led to large fines for a Chicago Heights based chemical company. The company, Polychem Services Inc., has been cited for $63,000.00 in fines in response to one safety and five health violations at the facility. According to reports, a worker was injured on November 18, 2010, suffering second and third degree burns in a confined space without proper means of egress or ingress. One of the health violations is considered ‘willful’ – a violation committed with intentional knowing or voluntary disregard for the law’s requirements and/or plain indifference to worker safety and health. The fines are the result of an OSHA investigation at the facility following the Chicago work injury.

Polychem Services has the options of paying the fines and abating the violations, requesting a conference with OSHA’s area director or contesting the fines before an independent OSHA review board. A Department of Labor spokesperson has indicating that the company has not yet made a decision on how it is going to handle the violations. Federal law requires employers to to be aware of hazards that exist in the workplace and also take appropriate precautions by following OSHA guidelines when necessary. No comment from Polychem has been made available.

Injured workers in Illinois may be entitled to benefits under the Workers Compensation Act even where OSHA violations are not found. If you have been injured at work you should contact a Chicago work injury lawyer to discuss a potential claim.

Posted On: May 17, 2011

Oak Park, IL, ‘Ride of Silence’ Remembers Illinois Bicycle Accident Victims

Oak Park and River Forest are teaming up to host a Chicago version of the national Ride of Silence event on May 18th to memorialize those that have been killed in bicycle accidents and promote bicycle safety and awareness. The event will be the first of its type for the Oak Park and River Forest communities. Similar Ride for Silence events have been planned in Evanston, Downers Grove, Joliet, Arlington Heights and some other suburbs. The Ride for Silence was started in Dallas, TX, in 2003 after a bicycle accident fatality. Cyclists reportedly ride in complete silence on a set route. The City of Chicago itself has seen a rise in so called ‘ghost bikes’ – solid white bicycles chained or locked to a post near the site of a fatal bicycle accident.

Oak Park, IL, has a significant cycling population and village officials have been trying to boost the number of bicycle lanes according to Ron Burke of the Active Transportation Alliance. The event is aimed at increasing cyclist awareness in and around the Oak Park, IL, community. Interested bicyclists should meet at 7 p.m. at Lake St. and Oak Park Ave. for the ride which is scheduled to begin at 7:15 p.m.

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Posted On: May 13, 2011

Metra Train Derailment in Des Plaines, IL

A Metra train derailed in suburban Des Plaines, IL, this morning when the train reportedly struck a dump truck at Northwest Highway and Mt. Prospect Roads. The train accident occurred around 8:40 this morning. The train, number 636, was reportedly heading inbound from Harvard when it struck the truck at the crossing around 8:40 a.m. Witnesses to the train crash described a horrific scene of confusion as the train cars filled with smoke and tilted following a large explosion. Reports indicate that some passengers were jumping out of train windows at both the first and second levels. Witnesses heard no horn or brakes prior to the Chicago train accident.

The truck was reportedly carrying a load of concrete and was operating northwest on Northwest Highway. Police have indicated that the truck may have turned left onto Mt. Prospect Rd. and through the train crossing. The Metra train eventually came to rest about 200 yards east of Mount Prospect Rd. As many as 800 passengers were aboard the train when the accident occurred and reports have indicated that at least 17 suffered train accident injuries. Information regarding the Chicago train derailment still remains somewhat limited.

Statistics show that a railroad accident occurs approximately every two hours in the United States. The Federal Railroad Administration’s Office of Safety Analysis has revealed that there were 13,067 railroad related accidents in 2007 resulting in 851 deaths and 8,801 non-fatal injuries.

Posted On: May 11, 2011

DUI Charges Follow North Suburban Car Crash

A Chicago area driver was allegedly under the influence of drugs caused multi vehicle car accident on the Edens expressway. The Chicago car accident occurred around 4:45 p.m. on the Edens spur ramp near Northbrook on Wednesday evening. According to reports, the accused motorist is 24 year old Ryan Tasic of Chicago. Tasic was allegedly driving a 1999 Honda Accord and speeding when he rear-ended a vehicle causing a four vehicle car accident. Tasic has been charged with driving under the influence of drugs, possession of a drug paraphilia/hypodermic needle and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

Firefighters and emergency response personnel from Glencoe, Deerfield, Glenview, Northfield, Highland Park and Skokie fire departments immediately responded to the scene of the car accident. An emergency helicopter was reportedly on standby but not used to transport to patients. The driver and a passenger in the vehicle that Tasic initially rear-ended were taken to Evanston Hospital. The two victims reportedly suffered very serious injuries including a broken back and a ruptured spleen. The driver of the vehicle that was struck by the initial rear end victims’ vehicle was taken to Highland Park Hospital with reportedly minor injuries. Tasic allegedly suffered serious injuries as a result of the collision and was taken to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital for treatment.

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Posted On: May 4, 2011

Chicago Woman Killed by Allegedly Intoxicated Tour Bus Driver

A Chicago woman was struck and killed on Tuesday evening in a crosswalk on Columbus at Illinois in downtown Chicago. Witnesses to the accident have indicated that the Chicago pedestrian accident victim had the right of way in the crosswalk when she was struck by a large tour bus. The bus accident victim was rushed to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in critical condition. She was pronounced dead at 7:04 p.m.

The bus driver, 47 year old David Soto, was taken into police custody following the fatal accident. At that point he allegedly tested positive for cocaine. He had worked for the Pontarelli Group Charter company for six months prior to the accident. Bail for Soto was denied yesterday at a bond hearing. Police allegedly found an investigative alert for two sex offenses when they ran Soto’s name after his arrest. He was convicted of aggravated criminal sexual assault in 1993 and was released from prison in 1997 and paroled until 2000. There were also sexual abuse allegations logged against in December of 2008. His driver’s license was reportedly suspended on August 3, 2008, when he received citations for speeding and driving without insurance. His license was valid at the time of the Chicago bus accident. He reportedly claimed that he did not see the accident victim crossing within the crosswalk and thought that he had struck a curb.

If you or someone you know has been the victim of a wrongful death vehicle accident, you should contact an attorney to investigate the matter and preserve crucial evidence.

Posted On: May 3, 2011

Woman Charged with DUI in Fatal Multi-victim Chicago Car Accident

A Chicago woman has been charged with DUI following a Chicago car accident that left eight people seriously injured and two others dead. The accused, 39 year old Kimberly Bradley of the 1300 block of North Parkside Ave. in Chicago, IL, crashed her SUV hear on into a Ford Probe early last Saturday morning. The DUI car accident occurred around 3 a.m. in the 1300 block of North Kostner Ave. According to reports, the accused was northbound on Kostner Ave. when she swerved her vehicle into the center lane and struck 1995 Ford Probe head on. There were reportedly 11 people inside the SUV at the time of the crash.

The collision allegedly caused the SUV to roll over throwing several passengers out of the vehicle. Eight ambulances were dispatched to the scene of the Chicago car accident. One passenger was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash while another was later pronounced dead at John Stroger Hospital. Two other crash victims were taken to Mt. Sinai Hospital with critical injuries. The six other DUI car accident victims had injuries ranging from minor to critical. The driver of the Ford was not injured.

Bradley has been charged with two counts of aggravated DUI involving an accident resulting in death, seven counts of aggravated DUI involving an accident resulting in great bodily harm and one count of DUI involving an accident resulting in great bodily harm to a passenger under 16. Bond has been set at $250,000.00 for Bradley who reportedly remained hospitalized as of Monday afternoon.

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