Wrongful death suit filed in fatal summer crash in Frankfort Township
FROM STAFF REPORTS December 11, 2012 4:20PM
Kevin E. Krohn
Updated: January 15, 2013 6:11AM
The mother of a Manhattan man who was killed in August when the car he was riding in crashed in Frankfort Township has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the man who was driving.
Kim Stevens, of Manhattan, accuses Kevin E. Krohn, 22, of New Lenox, of negligence in the death of her son, Jake Stevens.
In the early morning of Aug. 25, Krohn was driving on Steger Road at 104th Avenue in Frankfort Township when he lost control and smashed into a retaining wall, a tree and a large metal phone-switching box, according to police and court records.
The car burst into flames on impact, killing Stevens, 22, police said.
Stevens was pronounced dead at the scene and had to be identified through dental records. Krohn was hospitalized with compound fractures in both of his legs.
Krohn also faces a criminal charge of aggravated DUI in the crash. His next appearance on that charge in Will County court is scheduled for Dec. 18.
Kim Stevens is seeking more than $50,000 in the lawsuit.
Jake Stevens is survived by his mother, his father, Philip Stevens, two sisters and a brother.