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An Evanston woman who was pinned under a United Parcel Service truck for a half hour last month has filed suit against the company and the truck’s driver.

Attorney Michael Demetrio says 30-year-old Erin Hinner was crossing Ashland Avenue in the Crosswalk at Central Street Dec. 22 when the truck, which was turning off Central onto Ashland, rolled over her and pinned her body under its axle.

Demetrio says Hinner remained trapped until firefighters were able to free her a half hour later, was rushed to the hospital in critical condition and was put in a drug-induced coma to help save her life.

“Erin suffered life threatening injuries as a result of the severe crushing her body suffered under the full weight of the UPS truck,” Demetrio says. “In addition, she missed her son’s first Christmas and other milestones mothers dream about experiencing with their children.”

The Cook County Circuit Court lawsuit also names UPS driver Gabriel Garcia as a defendant, alleging he was negligent, in part, by failing to stop and yield to a pedestrian within the right-of-way. Garcia allegedly told police he wasn’t even aware he ran over the victim until he heard her screaming under the truck.

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Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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