Motorcycle passenger sues after fatal crash in Joliet
BY JANET LUNDQUIST email@example.com April 29, 2013 1:40PM
Updated: June 1, 2013 6:24AM
A woman who was riding on a motorcycle when it was hit by a vehicle on Jefferson Street in Joliet, killing the bike’s driver, is suing not only the driver of the car, but also the dead man’s estate.
Michele Noble has filed a lawsuit in Will County court seeking more than $50,000 from the estate of Ronald J. Seehoffer; Mary K. Saad, the driver of a Jeep that hit Seehoffer’s motorcycle; and the bars where Seehoffer allegedly drank before the crash.
About 11 p.m. June 23, Seehoffer, 49, of Chicago, was driving a 1999 Harley-Davidson motorcycle with Noble in the 4200 block of Jefferson Street in Joliet as part of a group of three motorcycles.
Seehoffer’s motorcycle was hit by the 2006 Jeep when Seehoffer made a last-minute left turn, crossing into the path of the oncoming Jeep, police said.
Noble and Saad were treated for non-life-threatening injuries, while Seehoffer was pronounced dead in the emergency room of Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center.
Noble claims Seehoffer was driving too fast, that he should have seen Saad’s vehicle, and that he made an illegal left turn in front of Saad’s oncoming vehicle.
She also claims Saad also was driving too fast, and that she should have seen the motorcycle and avoided it.
Saad does not face charges in the crash, according to Will County court records.
Earlier on the night of the crash, Seehoffer had been drinking at Gusto’s, 2115 Plainfield Road in Crest Hill, and Zelmo’s Full Moon Saloon, 1117 Plainfield Road in Joliet, the lawsuit states.
Seehoffer was drunk when he left Zelmo’s and drove with Noble to Jefferson Street, where the crash occurred, according to the lawsuit.
Noble is seeking $50,000 on each of four counts.
The first court date for the case is Aug. 14.