Suit Filed Over Amputee’s Fall Into Lake Michigan

Suit Filed Over Amputee's Fall Into Lake Michigan  The sister of a wheelchair-bound elderly amputee who died after falling into Lake Michigan has filed a personal injury lawsuit against the man who was pushing her wheelchair.

Defendant James Lacy and 61-year-old Sarah Goenne were allegedly attending a party at the Columbia Yacht Club in Chicago together, and Lacy was wheeling Goenne down a ramp when they accidentally fell into the water of Lake Michigan, according to My Fox Chicago. They were then rescued and taken to a hospital, but while 59-year-old Lacy recovered, Goenne died of sepsis and broncho-pneumonia from the near drowning, an autopsy concluded.

Now, Martha Bante seeks more than $50,000 in damages from Lacy for what she claims was negligent care of Goenne. She says he failed to keep a proper lookout while wheeling Goenne around and failed to control the vehicle or keep Goenne from falling into the lake.

"She was strapped into the wheelchair at the time so she just wasn't able to get herself out," Bante's personal injury attorney explained, according to the Chicago Tribune.