The family of Aditi Avhad, the 25-year-old University of Missouri graduate student killed in the Megabus crash in early August, filed a lawsuit Tuesday in Cook County Circuit Court.
On Aug. 2, a Megabus heading south on Interstate 55 from Chicago crashed into a concrete pillar near Litchfield, south of Springfield. The double-decker bus was headed from Chicago to Kansas City, with stops planned in St. Louis and Columbia, Mo.
Aditi Avhad’s parents, Raghunath Avhad and Vaishali Avhad, were aboard the bus that crashed and killed their daughter. They are suing for wrongful death of Aditi, among other allegations.
The suit names Megabus USA, LLC., Coach Leasing Inc., Coach USA Inc., and the driver, Preston Taylor, as defendants.
Attorney Larry Rogers Sr. from Chicago-based law firm Power Rogers & Smith is representing the Avhad family. Rogers said the Avhads were visiting from their home in India. They came to see Aditi, who had recently entered a master’s program at the University of Missouri in Columbia, he said.
Rogers said Aditi Avhad’s mother suffered several fractures to the leg and hip area during the bus crash and was released from the hospital earlier this month.
Amanda Byers, spokeswoman for Megabus, said the incident is still under investigation by authorities. Megabus will “continue to lend full cooperation” in the investigation, she said.
“All of our staff at megabus.com are deeply saddened by the incident that took place in Litchfield, and our sincere thoughts and prayers go out to those involved,” Byers wrote in a statement.
Several other lawsuits already have been filed in the crash.
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