A husband, wife and their teenage daughter all died due to a collision with a street sweeping vehicle last month in suburban Orland Park. The accident took place near 171st Street and LaGrange Road. Now relatives have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the company that hired the driver.
Police say the person driving a street sweeper hit a car holding the Deis family. The victims of the collision include Samah Deis, 15, and her parents, Wafieh and Nazmi Deis, 49 and 62 respectively, from Tinley Park. The couple’s daughter, who is 24 years old, was the only person to survive the crash. The older daughter has been so upset by the loss of her family members that she has not driven a car since, according to other family members. The fifteen-year-old daughter had planned to become a doctor to serve her community.
Reportedly, an eye witness said the driver of the street sweeper ran a red light and then hit the family when they were in their Toyota Camry. The driver was cited for disobeying a red light and his blood is being tested for drugs and alcohol, though police said the driver did not appear to be under the influence of alcohol.
The wrongful death lawsuit was filed against Midwest Maintenance Systems, the company that owns the street sweeping vehicle. The surviving family members say the suit is not about money, but about justice.