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Woman says she was trampled by teens at Little Italy festival

Woman in her 80s says in lawsuit she was trampled by runners at Little Italy festival.
Woman in lawsuit says runners from Whitney Young High School knocked her down at Little Italy festival.

A Chicago woman in her 80s sustained fractures to her pelvis and wrist after she was "knocked down and trampled" by a group of runners at a street festival last month, according to a lawsuit filed in Cook County court.

Rose De Leonardis was attending the Festival Italiana Little Italy gathering in the Little Italy neighborhood last month when she was knocked down by runners from Whitney Young High School "when they ran uncontrollably through the (street festival)."

She was knocked over, according to the lawsuit filed Friday, and suffered multiple fractures to her pelvis and wrist.

De Leonardis is suing the organizer of the festival, the University Village Association, for negligence. In the lawsuit, she alleges that the association failed to provide adequate crowd control and security and to implement procedures to allow for safe passage through the festival.

The lawsuit seeks at least $30,000 in compensation for the injuries.

Reached by phone Tuesday night, Kathy Catrambone, executive director of the University Village Association, said "we have no knowledge of the suit. We have not seen the suit, therefore we cannot comment."

An attorney for De Leonardis did not immediately return a call or email seeking additional comment.

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