The family of an 87-year-old man who was struck and killed by a garbage truck while walking in a Spring Grove neighborhood has filed a lawsuit against the garbage service company.
The lawsuit was filed in McHenry County Circuit Court last Wednesday against Flood Brothers Disposal Company.
Glenn R. Reed, 87, of Spring Grove, was struck by a vehicle around 7:28 a.m. on September 15, 2021, at Michigan Drive and Huron Drive in Spring Grove.
Spring Grove Police Chief Michael Niedzwiecki said at the time that an initial investigation determined Reed was walking near the pavement edge on Huron Drive when he was struck by a garbage truck.
A LifeNet medical helicopter was requested to the scene but it was canceled due to Reed’s grave condition.
An ambulance transported Reed to Northwestern Medicine Hospital in McHenry where he was pronounced dead.
The Major Crash Assistance Team (MCAT), which consists of members from the Cary, Harvard, Johnsburg, McHenry, Spring Grove, and Woodstock police departments, was activated to assist with the crash investigation.
The Illinois State Police also assisted in a portion of the investigation.
The wrongful death lawsuit, filed by Reed’s daughter, said that a Flood Brothers garbage truck driver was on his trash collection route as Reed was on his morning walk.
Reed was crossing Huron Drive from east to west at its intersection with Michigan Drive, the lawsuit said.
The truck driver had attempted to make a right turn onto northbound Huron Drive when he struck Reed, knocking him to the ground.
The suit said that the driver failed to keep a proper lookout and failed to yield to Reed.
The lawsuit also alleged the driver failed to take evasive action in order to avoid the impact.
The parties in the suit have already reached a settlement, court records show.
A judge approved a $1.5 million settlement on Wednesday between the company and the family.