Widow of Ill. firefighter killed on highway files suit

Firefighter Chris Brown was killed when he was hit by a semi driver in March 2013

The Pantagraph

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — The widow of a Hudson firefighter killed in a crash in March 2013 has filed a lawsuit against nine transportation companies.

Amie Brown is seeking more than $50,000 on behalf of the estate of Christopher Brown. He died March 3, 2013, after he was struck by a semi carrying autos on Interstate 39 south of Hudson.

The victim, who also worked as a full-time Bloomington firefighter, was responding to an accident with other Hudson crew members.

The lawsuit accuses Montway Inc. of Chicago and eight other firms of wrongful death and neglect through several alleged failures involving Move It Auto Transport Inc., the Washington State firm that employed semi driver Mansur  Shakirov.

Shakirov is serving four years for reckless homicide related to the crash that occurred after he failed to move into the right lane to avoid the emergency scene.

Others name in the lawsuit are: Dependable Auto Shippers Inc. of Texas; Bulldog Trucking of Missouri; Fisher Shipping Company, Massachusetts; and 7 Star Auto Transport Inc. of Florida.

American Freight Inc., of Oregon; We Haul It All Inc, of Massachusetts; Auto & Boat Relocation Services Inc. of Connecticut; and Hansford Pontiac Company of Minnesota also are listed as defendants.

Move It Auto Transport Inc. was engaged in joint ventures with transportation brokers to transport vehicles, said the lawsuit.

A Jan. 30 hearing is scheduled to review a schedule for the case. 

Bloomington lawyer David Dorris filed the lawsuit.

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